F-16 Fighting Falcon News

Arms sales to Oman

May 21, 2002 (by Lieven Dewitte) - In May 2002 the US and Oman signed a $825 million foreign military sale, following a meeting between the US Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, and Sultan Qaboos of Oman. The deal will include twelve F-16 fighter aircraft, and air-to-air and air-to-ground weapon systems, support and training.

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The missiles include the AIM-9M Sidewinder and Raytheon's GBU-10 and GBU-12, and Boeing's AGM-65G and JDAM.

At a rough price, F-16s can be bought for as little as $8 million each if they are block 10 or block 15 models. A block 20 or 50 plane will set you back $25 to $30 million each - which is what Bahrain and Egypt provisionally paid. A block 60, however, is really something, at $50 million. The UAE, for example, got those.

Oman is to get 100 Raytheon Paveway II 500lb laser-guided bombs for the F16s; also 50,000 20mm high-explosive projectiles, 300 Mk 82 500lb 'general-purpose' bombs. They are also to receive a Lockheed Martin FPS-117 long-range air-defence radar, worth $22 million.