The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Bahrain of General Purpose (GP) and Penetrator Warhead bomb bodies for an estimated cost of $45 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 17, 2018.
The Government of Bahrain has requested three thousand two hundred (3,200) General Purpose (GP) and Penetrator Warhead bomb bodies to include: one thousand five hundred (1,500) MK-82 (500lbs) GP bomb bodies, six hundred (600) MK-83 (1,000lbs) GP bomb bodies, six hundred (600) MK-84 (2,000lbs) GP bomb bodies, and five hundred (500) BLU-109 (2,000lbs) Penetrator Warhead bomb bodies. Also included are spares and repair parts, support equipment, personnel training and training equipment, shipping and logistics services, publications and technical documentation, U.S. Government and contractor technical support services, containers, munitions components, test equipment, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated total cost is $45 million.
According to a statement from the DSCA, this proposed sale will enhance 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.
The statement added that the purchase of these munitions will bolster the Royal Bahraini Air Force’s (RBAF) ability to conduct and sustain air operations with its F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft. Our mutual defense interests anchor our relationship and the Royal Bahraini Air Force plays a significant role in Bahrain’s defense.
The proposed sale will improve Bahrain’s capability to meet current and future security threats. Bahrain will use these munitions as a deterrent to regional threats, strengthen its homeland defense, and execute counter-terrorism operations. The GP bomb bodies would also better equip Bahrain to operate with U.S.-led and U.S.-supported coalition operations.
The statement noted that the proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region. There is no prime contractor planned for this effort and the munitions will be provided by the U.S. Government out of stock.