U.S. Approves Sale of F-16C/D Block 72 Fighter Aircraft to Morocco

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of F-16C/D Block 72 aircraft and related equipment to Morocco for an estimated cost of $3.787 billion.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on March 22, 2019.

The Government of Morocco’s request list included:

+ 25 F-16C/D Block 72 aircraft
+ 29 Pratt & Whitney F100-229 turbofan engines (includes 4 spares)
+ 26 APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars (includes 1 spare)
+ 26 Modular Mission Computers (includes 1 spare)
+ 26 Link-16 Multifunctional Information Distribution Systems – JTRS (MIDS-JTRS) with TACAN and ESHI Terminals (includes 1 spare).
+ 26 LN260 Embedded Global Navigation Systems (EGI) (includes 1 spare)
+ 40 Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS) (includes 5 spares)
+ 26 Improved Programmable Display Generators (iPDG) (includes 1 spare)
+ 30 M61 Al Vulcan 20mm Guns (includes 5 spares)
+ 50 LAU-129 Multi-Purpose Launchers
+ 40 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM)
+ 40 AIM-120C-7 Guidance Sections
+ 3 GBU-38/54 JDAM Tail Kits
+ 50 MXU-650 Air Foil Group, GBU-49
+ 50 MAU-210 Enhanced Computer Control Group (CCG), GBU-49,-50
+ 36 FMU-139 D/B Fuzes
+ 6 FMU-139 D/B (D-l) Inert Fuzes
+ 2 GBU-39 (T-l) Guided Test Vehicles (GTV)
+ 60 GBU-39/B Small Diameter Bombs (SDB I)
+ 10 MAU-169L/B Computer Control Group, GBU-10,-12,-16
+ 10 MXU-650C/B Air Foil Group, GBU-12
+ 12 MK82 Bombs, Filled Inert
+ 4 BLU-109 Practice Bombs
+ 10 MAU-169 CCG (D-2)
+ 26 AN/AAQ-33 Sniper Pods
+ 26 AN/ALQ-213 EW Management Systems
+ 26 Advanced Identification Friend/Foe
+ 6 DB-110 Advanced Reconnaissance Systems
+ 26 AN/ALQ-211 Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suite (AIDEWS)
+ one Joint Mission Planning System

Also included are Secure Communications, Cryptographic Precision Navigation Equipment; communications equipment; spares and repair parts; support equipment; personnel training and training equipment; publications and technical documentation; support and test equipment, simulators; integration and test; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistical support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support.

A statement from DSCA said that this proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a major Non-NATO ally that continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in North Africa.

The proposed sale will contribute to Morocco’s self-defense capabilities, the statement added.

The purchase will improve interoperability of the Royal Moroccan Air Force (RMAF) with the United States and other regional allies and enhance Morocco’s ability to undertake coalition operations, as it has done in the past in flying sorties against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Morocco already operates an F‑16 fleet and will have no difficulty absorbing this aircraft and services into its armed forces.

The prime contractor of the possible sale will be Lockheed Corporation, Bethesda, Maryland.

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