US Approves $750 Million Bahrain F-16V Weapons Package

Above: One of the Royal Bahraini Air Force’s existing F-16C Block 40s.  In addition to the 16 new-production F-16Vs, Bahrain will also upgrade its current fleet to the same configuration. The US has now approved a weapons package for these aircraft. RBAF

US STATE Department approval has been granted for a possible Foreign Military Sale to Bahrain of various weapons to support its F-16 Block 70/F-16V aircraft fleet at an estimated cost of $750 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced the approval yesterday, May 3, and delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale the same day.

The Government of Bahrain request includes 32 AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM missiles; one AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM guidance section; 32 AIM-9X 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 250lb 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 500lb Bomb Bodies (Supporting GBU-12, GBU-38, GBU-49, GBU-54); 210 BLU-109/BLU-117 or Mk 84 2,000lb Bomb Bodies; (Supporting GBU-10, GBU-31, GBU-50, GBU-56); ten 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; US Government/contractor technical, engineering, and logistical support; and other related elements of logistics and programme support.

The DSCA noted that these weapons support the new procurement of F-16 Block 70 and upgrades of existing aircraft to F-16V standard, 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.