US Approves Moroccan Purchase of F-16 Block 72s and Upgrade of Existing Aircraft to F-16V

The first Royal Moroccan Air Force F-16C Block 52 during its maiden flight on November 10, 2010. Morocco has gained approval for upgrade of all its existing Block 52 aircraft to F-16V standard, while it also plans to purchase 25 new F-16C/D Block 72s. Lockheed Martin David Drais

US STATE Department approval has been granted for a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the Government of Morocco of 25 new F-16C/D Block 72 (F-16V) aircraft, along with the upgrade of the Royal Moroccan Air Force’s (RMAF’s) 23 existing F-16C/D Block 52s to F-16V configuration.  The approval was announced on March 25 by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which stated that it had also delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on March 22.  The new aircraft purchase, including related equipment, is valued at an estimated $3.787 billion, while the cost of the upgrade work, including related equipment, has an estimated cost of $985.2 million.

The DSCA says that the purchase of the 25 new Block 72 aircraft will also include four spare Pratt & Whitney F100-229 engines; 26 APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars (including one spare); 26 Modular Mission Computers (including one spare); 26 Link-16 Multifunctional Information Distribution Systems – JTRS (MIDS-JTRS) with TACAN and ESHI Terminals (including one spare); 26 LN260 Embedded Global Navigation Systems (EGI) (including one spare); 40 Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS – including five spares); and 26 Improved Programmable Display Generators (iPDG – including one spare).

Weapons and related equipment included in the proposed deal comprise 30 M61 Al Vulcan 20mm Guns (including five 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; three 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; six FMU-139 D/B (D-l) Inert Fuzes; two GBU-39 (T-l) GTVs; 60 GBU-39/B Small Diameter Bombs (SDB I); ten MAU-169L/B Computer Control Group, GBU-10,-12,-16; ten MXU-650C/B Air Foil Group, GBU-12; 12 Mk 82 Bombs, Filled Inert; four BLU-109 Practice Bombs; ten MAU-169 CCG (D-2); and 26 AN/AAQ-33 Sniper Pods.

Also included are 26 AN/ALQ-213 EW Management Systems; 26 Advanced Identification Friend/Foe; Secure Communications, Cryptographic Precision Navigation Equipment; one Joint Mission Planning System; 26 AN/ALQ-211 AIDEWS; six DB-110 Advanced Reconnaissance Systems; 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; US Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistical support services; and other related elements of logistics and programme support.

The upgrade of the existing 23 RMAF F‑16 aircraft (15 F-16Cs and eight F-16Ds) to the F‑16V configuration includes 26 APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radars (including three spares), 26 Modular Mission Computers (including three spares), 26 Link-16 Multifunctional Information Distribution System – JTRS (MIDS-JTRS) with TACAN and ESHI Terminals (including three spares), 26 LN260 Embedded Global Navigation Systems (EGI) (including three spares), 26 Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems II (including three spares), 26 Improved Programmable Display Generators (iPDG) (including three spares), 50 LAU-129 Multi-Purpose Launchers; and 26 AN/AAQ-33 Sniper Pods.

Also included are 26 AN/ALQ‑213 EW Management Systems; 26 Advanced Identification Friend/Foe; Joint Mission Planning System; 26 AN/ALQ‑211 AIDEWS; six (DB-110 Advanced Reconnaissance Systems; secure communications, cryptographic precision navigation equipment; spares and repair parts; support equipment; personnel training and training equipment; publications and technical documentation; support and test equipment; simulators; integration and test; US Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistical support services; and other related elements of logistics and programme support.