The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale of 66 F-16C/D Block 70 fighter aircraft, along with related equipment and support, to Taiwan for an estimated cost of $8 billion.
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.
“This proposed sale of F-16C/D Block 70 will contribute to Taiwan’s capability to provide for the defense of its airspace, regional security, and interoperability with the United States”, said a statement released by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announcing the approval.
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.
Sales package to Taiwan
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.
The principle contractor for the possible sale will be Lockheed Martin, headquartered in Bethesda, MD.