The US Department of State on Friday approved a $62-million sale of software upgrades for F-16 combat jets and secure communications equipment.
"The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Oman of items and services to support incremental Operational Flight Profile (OFP) software upgrades for F-16 subsystems, as well as Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) and secure communications equipment for Mode 5 operations for an estimated cost of $62 million," the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a release on Friday.
The deal would also include Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod software, support equipment, spares and training; systems support and test equipment; spare and repair parts; and training and training equipment, the release added.
The DSCA explained that the government of Oman had requested the possible sale of the items and services.
The proposed sale will strengthen the US-Oman military relationship and ensure interoperability of the two air forces, the DSCA also said, adding that the upgrades will allow airborne and surface armed forces from both countries to conduct joint air operations.
The software and equipment as well as training and logistics support will be provided by defense contractor Lockheed Martin, according to the DSCA.
The Royal Air Force of Oman has taken delivery of its first Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft. The two Mark 166 aircraft arrived at Masirah Air Base on July 29th and will now prepare pilots for life in the cockpit of its fast jet fleet, which now includes the Eurofighter Typhoon
The first Eurofighter Typhoon and Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft for the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) has been formally rolled out at BAE Systems facility in Warton, Lancashire. The roll out ceremony was attended by Sayyid Badr bin Saud al Busaidi, the Sultanate of Omans Minister Responsible For Defence Affairs (MRDA) and the Commander of the Royal Air Force of Oman, Air Vice-Marshal Mattar bin Ali bin Mattar Al Obaidani
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