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Bahrain offers up to $150M for F-16 logistics support

July 26, 2005 (by Lieven Dewitte) - The DSCA has notified Congress that the Government of Bahrain wishes to contract for logistics support services and equipment for its F-16 aircraft, ALR-69 radar warning receiver, ALQ-131 electric countermeasure pods, radar systems, and engines. The estimated cost if all options are exercised is $150 million.

RBAF 2-ship F-16C block 40, #203 and #206 on final approach. Both aircraft are part of the batch of 10 F-16s delivered under the Peace Crown II FMS program. [Photo by Scott T. Shea]

The possible sale also includes support equipment, aircraft engine services and modification, repair/return services; depot level repair support; precision measurement equipment laboratory calibration, spare and repair parts, support equipment, supply support; personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical data, contractor technical services and other related elements of logistics support and to ensure aircraft operational availability in the Royal Bahrain Air Force.

The principal contractors will be: General Electric Aircraft Engines of Cincinnati, OH and Lockheed-Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems of Fort Worth, TX. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. There will be no new U.S. Government personnel in-country, but five contractor representatives have been in-country since 1991.