US State Department approves F-16V sale to Bahrain

LEIGH GIANGRECO | September 11, 2017

US State Department approves F-16V sale to Bahrain
The US State Department has approved the sale of 19 Lockheed Martin F-16V aircraft to Bahrain, offering a critical lifeline to the Falcon’s production line. The possible $2.78 billion sale would include 19 aircraft equipped with Northrop Grumman APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar. Bahrain plans to integrate the new aircraft into their existing fleet of 20 Block 40 F-16s. The State Department's 8 September announcement also included a potential $1 billion contract with Lockheed Martin to upgrade Bahrain existing fleet of 20 Block 40 F-16 aircraft to the F-16V configuration, including AESA radar, navigation systems and F-16V simulators.

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