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Bahrain requests $750M worth weapons for F-16V block 70 fighters

May 8, 2019 (by Lieven Dewitte) - The Government of Bahrain has requested to buy $750 million worth weapons to support its fleet of F-16 Block 70/F-16V aircraft from the United States.

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A RBAF F-16D block 40

The Kingdom of Bahrain was the first customer to procure the F-16 Block 70, the newest and most advanced F-16 production configuration.

The contract includes
  • 32 AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM missiles;
  • 1 AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM guidance section;
  • 32 AIM-9X missiles;
  • 20 AGM-84 Block II Harpoon missiles;
  • 2 ATM-84L-1 Block II Harpoon missiles;
  • 40 AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) All-Up-Rounds;
  • 50 AGM-88B High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles (HARM);
  • 4 AGM-88 HARM training missiles;
  • 100 GBU-39 250 lb Small Diameter Bomb (SDB-1) All-Up-Rounds;
  • 400 MAU-209 C/B Computer Control Groups (GBU-10, -12);
  • 80 MAU-210 Enhanced Computer Control Groups (GBU-49, -50);
  • 340 MXU-650 Air Foil Group (GBU-12, -49);
  • 140 MXU-651 Air Foil Groups (GBU-10, -50);
  • 70 KMU-557 GBU-31 tail kits (GBU-31 JDAM, GBU-56 JDAM);
  • 120 KMU-572 tail kits (GBU-38, -54);
  • 100 DSU-38 proximity sensors (GBU-54);
  • 462 MK-82 or BLU-111 500 lb Bomb Bodies (Supporting GBU-12, GBU-38, GBU-49, GBU-54);
  • 210 BLU-109/BLU-117 or MK-84 2000 lb Bomb Bodies; (Supporting GBU-10, GBU-31, GBU-50, GBU-56);
  • 10 practice BLU-109/BLU-117;
  • 670 FMU-152 fuses (supporting GBU-10, -12, -31, -38; -49, -50, -54, & -56),

These weapons support the new procurement of F-16 Block 70 and upgrades of their existing block-40s (which will be upgraded to the F-16V standard), providing an increase in the capability of existing aircraft to sustain operations, meet training requirements, and support transition training for pilots to the upgraded aircraft.

The principal contractors for this effort will be Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Fort Worth, TX; Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, AZ; and Boeing Corporation, Chicago, IL. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.