Oman To Upgrade F-16 Fleet, Buy Missiles And Bombs
12:00 AM, December 18, 2012
Oman has requested the U.S for the sale of a number of weapons upgrades for its F-16 fleet, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. The latest request comes at a time of heightened tensions in the Middle East, if approved the deal will be worth $117 million. Contractors include Raytheon, General Dynamics, Textron and McAlester Ammunition. Among the intended purchases are: 27 advanced, medium-range air-to-air missiles, 162 GBU-12 Paveway 500-pound laser-guided bombs, and 150 BLU-111B/B 500-pound conical fin general purpose bombs. Earlier this year, Oman finalized an agreement to upgrade a dozen of the fighter jets. This followed a June deal with Lockheed to equip the jets with its Sniper targeting pods and a March deal with Northrop Grumman to upgrade the jets’ radars. U.S. aerospace companies have earned almost $1 billion from Oman in the past 18 months, according to reports.
The Royal Navy of Oman takes delivery of its first of the three Khareef class warships built by BAE Systems under the sultanate's Project Khareef.
His Excellency Sayyid Badr bin Saud al Busaidi said: “Today we...