American defense major, Lockheed Martin has received a contract to supply 66 F-16 fighter aircraft to Taiwan, according to reports.
This contract is part of the massive $62 billion ten-year, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ), fixed-price-incentive contract announced by the U.S. Department of Defense.
The total value for the initial delivery order under this contract is $4.9 billion for 90 aircraft. Out of the 90 jet ordered, 66 are for the Taiwan’s Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) while the remaining 24 F-16s jets are reportedly destined for the Royal Moroccan Air Force (RMAF).
The sale to Taiwan will likely anger China which considers Taiwan as a wayward province of “one China”.
In August last year, Taiwan was cleared to procure 66 F-16C/D Block 70 fighter aircraft by the U.S. State Department under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.
The F-16 Block 70 is the newest and most advanced F-16 production configuration, combining numerous capability and structural upgrades. Taiwan currently operates the older F-16A/B variant.
The F-16 Block 70 features advanced avionics, a Northrop Grumman AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, a modernized cockpit, advanced weapons, conformal fuel tanks (CFT), an Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto GCAS), an advanced engine and an industry-leading extended structural service life of 12,000 hours.
Complete Sales package to Taiwan (As per DSCA announcement)
Taiwan, represented by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the U.S., has requested to purchase:
+ 66 F-16C/D Block 70 aircraft;
+ 75 F110 General Electric Engines (includes 9 spares);
+ 75 Link-16 Systems (includes 9 spares);
+ 75 Improved Programmable Display Generators (iPDG) (includes 9 spares);
+ 75 APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radars (includes 9 spares);
+ 75 Modular Mission Computers 7000AH (includes 9 spares);
+ 75 LN-260 Embedded GPS/INS (includes 9 spares);
+ 75 M61 Vulcan 20mm Guns (includes 9 spares);
+ 138 LAU-129 Multipurpose Launchers;
+ 6 FMU-139D/B Fuze for Guided Bombs;
+ 6 FMU-139D/B Inert Fuze for Guided Bombs;
+ 6 FMU 152 Fuze for Guided Bombs:
+ 6 MK-82 Filled Inert Bombs for Guided Bombs;
+ 3 KMU-572 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) Tail Kits, GBU-38/54.
Also included are 75 AN/ALE-47 Countermeasure Dispensers (includes 9 spares);120 ALE-50 towed decoy or equivalent;75 APX-126 Advanced Identification Friend or Foe (includes 9 spares);75 AN/ALQ-211 A(V)4 Airborne Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suite (AIDEWS) or equivalent (includes 9 spares); EW Line Replaceable Unit (LRU) and Standard Electronic Module (SEM) spares; 150 ARC-238 radios (includes 18 spares); Secure Communications and Cryptographic Appliques including 73 KIV-78 cryptographic COMSEC devices, and ten AN/PYQ-10 Simple Key Loaders (SKLs) for COMSEC; three Joint Mission Planning Systems (JMPS); 27 Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS) II with Night Vision Device (NVD) compatibility or Scorpion Hybrid Optical-based Inertial Tracker (HOblT) helmet mounted cueing system with NVD compatibility; 70 NVDs; six NVD spare image intensifier tubes; Cartridge Actuated Devices/Propellant Actuated Devices (CAD/PAD); cartridges; chaff; flares; three each DSU-38A/B Precision Laser Guidance Sensor (PLGS) for GBU-54 Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition (LJDAM) integration; PGU-28A/B 20mm ammunition; telemetry units for integration and test; bomb components; 20 ground debriefing stations; Electronic Combat International Security Assistance Program (ECISAP) support including EW database and Mission Data File (MDF) development (classified/unclassified); communications equipment; classified/unclassified spares, repair, support equipment, test equipment, software delivery/support, personnel training, training equipment, flight/tactics manuals, publications and technical documentation; bomb racks; Organizational, Intermediate and Depot level tooling; Pilot Life Support Equipment (PLSE); Alternate Mission Equipment (AME); ground training devices (including flight and maintenance simulators); containers; development, integration, test and engineering, technical and logistical support of munitions; aircraft ferry; studies and surveys; construction services; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistical support services; and other related elements of logistics, program and sustainment support.