The U.S. State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Bahrain of various weapons to support the Royal Bahraini Air Force (RBAF) F-16 Block 70/F-16V aircraft fleet for an estimated cost of $750 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 3.
The Government of Bahrain has requested to buy following weapons and equipment:
- 32 AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile) missiles;
- One AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM guidance section;
- 32 AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles;
- 20 AGM-84 Block II Harpoon missiles;
- Two ATM-84L-1 Block II Harpoon missiles;
- 40 AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) All-Up-Rounds;
- 50 AGM-88B High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles (HARM);
- four AGM-88 HARM training missiles;
- 100 GBU-39 250 lb Small Diameter Bomb (SDB-1) All-Up-Rounds;
- 400 MAU-209 C/B Computer Control Groups (GBU-10, -12);
- 80 MAU-210 Enhanced Computer Control Groups (GBU-49, -50);
- 340 MXU-650 Air Foil Group (GBU-12, -49);
- 140 MXU-651 Air Foil Groups (GBU-10, -50);
- 70 KMU-557 GBU-31 tail kits (GBU-31 JDAM, GBU-56 JDAM);
- 120 KMU-572 tail kits (GBU-38, -54);
- 100 DSU-38 proximity sensors (GBU-54);
- 462 MK-82 or BLU-111 500 lb Bomb Bodies (Supporting GBU-12, GBU-38, GBU-49, GBU-54);
- 210 BLU-109/BLU-117 or MK-84 2000 lb Bomb Bodies; (Supporting GBU-10, GBU-31, GBU-50, GBU-56);
- 10 practice BLU-109/BLU-117;
- 670 FMU-152 fuses (supporting GBU-10, -12, -31, -38; -49, -50, -54, & -56).
Also included are LAU-118 launchers; BRU-61 racks; general purpose Air Foil Groups; tactical training rounds; combat arms training and Maintenance Assets; nose support cups; Swivel/Link attachments; DSU-38/40/42 proximity sensors; Repair and Return services; studies and surveys; weapons system support and test equipment; publications and technical documentation; Alternate Mission Equipment (AME); mission system spares and munitions spare parts; software maintenance and support; missile support and test equipment; common munitions bit/reprogramming equipment; missile and munitions containers; personnel training and training equipment; site surveys; U.S. Government/Contractor technical, engineering, and logistical support; and other related elements of logistics and program support.
The statement from DSCA said that this proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the security of a major non-NATO ally which is an important security partner in the region. It added that the mutual defense interests anchor the relationship and the Royal Bahraini Air Force (RBAF) plays a significant role in Bahrain’s defense.
The proposed sale improves Bahrain’s ability to meet current and future threats. Bahrain will use these capabilities as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense. These weapons support the new procurement of F-16 Block 70 and upgrades of existing F-16V aircraft, providing an increase in the capability of existing aircraft to sustain operations, meet training requirements, and support transition training for pilots to the upgraded aircraft. This proposed sale and upgrade will improve interoperability with U.S. forces and other regional allies.
The principal contractors for this effort will be Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Fort Worth, TX; Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, AZ; and Boeing Corporation, Chicago, IL.