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U.S. approves possible FMS to Barhain for F-16 fighter jet follow-on support

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U.S. approves possible FMS to Barhain for F-16 fighter jet follow-on support
 
The United States State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Bahrain for F-16 follow-on support and associated equipment, parts and logistics for an estimated cost of $150 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said Friday, August 7, 2015.
     
The United States State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Bahrain for F-16 follow-on support and associated equipment, parts and logistics for an estimated cost of $150 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said Friday, August 7, 2015. Royal Bahraini Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon
     
The Government of Bahrain has requested a possible sale of follow on support for Bahrain’s existing F-16 fleet. Support will include support equipment, communications equipment, ammunition, personal training and training equipment, spare and repair parts, publications and technical documentation, Electronic Combat International Security Assistance Program, U.S. Government and contractor technical, logistics, and engineering support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated cost is $150 million.

The Royal Bahraini Air Force (RBAF) currently maintains a fleet of 17 F-16C multirole fighter aircraft.

"The proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping improve the security of a Major Non-North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Ally, which has been and continues to be a key security partner in the region," the DSCA announced in an official statement.

The follow-on support is required to maintain the operational readiness of the Royal Bahrain Air Force’s (RBAF) F-16 fleet. The RBAF’s F-16s are aging and periodic maintenance is becoming increasingly expensive. The age of the fleet, combined with an increased operational tempo due to recent involvement in Operation Inherent Resolve has led to increased focus on maintenance and sustainment. Bahrain will have no difficulty absorbing this additional support into its armed forces.

The principal contractor is unknown at this time. Contracts will be awarded when source of supply determines that defense articles and services are not available from stock or considered lead-time away.