December 18, 2009 (by Asif Shamim) - The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress on December 17 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Egypt of modification and installation of part kits to upgrade 156 F-110-GE-100 engines through the Service Life Extension Program (SLEP).
The Government of Egypt
has requested a possible sale of modification and installation of part kits to upgrade 156 F-110-GE
-100 engines through the Service Life Extension Program (SLEP).
The upgrades will be spread out over a six to seven year period in increments of approximately 24 engines being upgraded each year. Also included: transportation, spare and repair parts, support equipment, publications and technical documentation, U.S. Government and contractor technical support, and other related elements of program support. The estimated cost is in the region of $750 million.
Egypt will use these engine upgrades to enable continued operation of its current F-16 fleet, ensuring the Egyptian Air Force’s (EAF
) capability to train with U.S. and coalition forces. The upgrades will allow the EAF to continue defending Egypt’s national security and protecting its borders.
The prime contractor will be General Electric Aviation of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Implementation of this proposed sale requires the assignment of five additional contractor representatives to Egypt for a period of six years to provide training and technical assistance.