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.
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
provisionally paid. A block 60
, however, is really something, at $50 million. The UAE
, for example, got those.
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.