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US Approves 14 F-16V Fighter Jets, AESA Radars to Slovakia for $2.9 Billion

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  1. Zarvan


    Apr 28, 2011
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    F-16V Fighter Jet (Image: Lockheed Martin)
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    The US State Department has approved sale of 14 F-16 Block 70/72 V configuration aircraft, aircraft engines, M61 A1 Vulcan Guns, AESA radars and other equipment for an estimated cost of $2.91 billion to Slovakia

    The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on Tuesday.

    The Slovak Republic has requested a possible sale of 14 F-16 Block 70/72 V configuration aircraft; up to 16 F-16 F110 General Electric or F100 Pratt & Whitney engines (MDE; 15 M61 A1 Vulcan 20mm Guns (MDE); 16 APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radars (MDE); 14 Modular Mission Computers (MDE); 14 LINK-16 (MIDS-JTRS) secure communication systems (MDE); 16 LN260 EGI Embedded Global Positioning System Inertial Navigation Systems (EGI) (MDE); 14 Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (MDE); 14 Improved Programmable Display Generators (iPDGs) (MDE); 30 AIM-120C7 air-to-air missiles100 AIM-9X air-to air missiles; 12 AIM-9X Captive Air Training Missiles, 2 AIM-120C7, 24 AIM-9X additional guidance units; 224 each Computer Control Groups and Airfoil Groups for GBU-12 Paveway II 5001b Guided Bomb Kits; 20 Enhanced Computer Control Groups for Enhanced Paveway II (GBU-49); 150 KMU-572F/B Guidance Kits for Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) 5001b Guided Bomb (GBU-38); 60 LAU-129 Guided – Missile Launchers; 36 MK-82 or BLU-111 500 lb Inert Fill Bomb;400 MK-82 or BLU-111 500 lb Bomb Bodies; 400 FMU-152 Joint Programmable Fuzes; and 6 AN/AAQ-33 Sniper Pods, DSCA said in a statement.

    Also included are 14 Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System II; 14 AN/ALQ-213 Electronic Warfare Management Systems; 16 AN/ALQ-211 Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suites; 16 AN/ALE-47 Countermeasure Dispensers; Advanced Identification Friend or Foe (AIFF), Secure Communications and Cryptographic Appliques; Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS); ground training device (flight simulator); Electronic Combat International Security Assistance Program (ECISAP) support; software and support; facilities and construction support; spares and repair/replace parts; personnel training and training equipment; publications and technical documentation; missile containers; DSU-38A/B Illuminated Target Detector (GBU-54); munition support and test equipment; aircraft and munition integration and test support; studies and surveys; U.S.

    Government and contractor technical, engineering and logistical support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support.

    Slovakia intends to use these F-16s to modernize its Air Force.

    Slovakia intends for these aircraft to replace its current fleet of MiG-29s. Slovakia's current fighters are not interoperable with U.S forces or regional allies. Purchase of the F-16V will provide Slovakia with fourth generation fighter aircraft capability that is interoperable with the United States and NATO.

    The prime contractor will be Lockheed Martin.

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