US Approves Sale of F-16 Software Upgrades to Oman

The potential sales, which are estimated at $62 million, would modernize 23 of the sultanate’s fighter aircraft

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The US Department of State has approved a $62 million sale of software upgrades for F-16 combat jets and secure communications equipment to Oman, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a release.

"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 release said.

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 software and equipment as well as training and logistics support will be provided by defense contractor Lockheed Martin, according to the DSCA.

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.

 

[Source: Sputnik News]

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