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Egypt to spend $3.2 billion for 24 F16 Block 50/52s


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On a little sidenote, Egypt is still keeping some of its Phantoms flying in front-line service? So there are other current foreign Phantom operators other than Germany and Japan?

Egypt to Spend up to $3.2B Adding to F-16C/D Fleet
15-Oct-2009 18:41 EDT

The Egyptian government wants to buy 24 F-16C/D Block 50/52 aircraft, associated parts, weapons, and equipment to modernize its air force. The request, made Oct 9/09 through the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) to Congress, could be worth as much as $3.2 billion to Lockheed Martin and the other contractors involved.

The Egyptian Air Force is the 4th largest F-16 operator in the world, mustering about 195 aircraft of 220 ordered. Their overall fighter fleet is a mix of high-end F-16s and Mirage 2000s, low-end Chinese F-7s (MiG-21 copy) bought from the Chinese, a few F-4 Phantom II jets, and upgraded but very aged Soviet MiG-21s and French Mirage 5s.

The formal request comes a few months after the Obama administration conveyed to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak its support for Egypt’s long-standing request to buy the Block 50/52 aircraft…

Egypt receives about $1.3 billion annually in military aid financing, per the terms of the 1976 Camp David Accords with Israel. The total value of this sale, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $3.2 Billion – but a DSCA request is only the first step toward a contract, and not a contract in and of itself. If Congress doesn’t block the sale within 30 days, the way is open for a negotiated contract and order.

These F-16s could replace older F-16A/B Block 15 machines, but are are most likely to serve as replacements for the EAF’s aged Mirage 5s and Soviet-era MiG-21s. The Mirage 5s own the air base at Birma/Tanta, SE of Alexandria; while MiG-21 bases include nearby Gabel al-Basur AB, and Assouan AB (Aswan) near the famous dam and Egypt’s southern border with Sudan. Additional military construction would likely be required in order to house F-16s at any of these bases, and construction is one of the items on the DSCA request list.

This specific request involves:

•24 Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Block 50/52 Aircraft;
•24 pairs of Conformal Fuel Tanks;
•30 engines: either 24 of Pratt & Whitney’s F100-PW-229, or 24 of GE’s F110-GE-129 Increased Performance Engines (IPE), plus 6 engine spares of the same type;
•30 Northrop Grumman APG-68v9s, the most advanced mechanically-scanned array radars for the F-16, and standard for this model. The request is for 24 installed radars, and 6 spares;
•28 of General Dynamics’ M61 20mm Vulcan Cannons; 24 aircraft equipment, plus 4 spares.
•60 LAU-129/A Common Rail Launchers; they can be fitted to the outer wingtips, and can carry AIM-9 Sidewinder or AIM-120 AMRAAM radar-guided missiles;
•28 of BAE’s AN/APX-113 Advanced Identification Friend or Foe (AIFF) Systems without Mode IV;

Egypt is also asking to buy

•28 defensive systems sets: either ITT’s AN/ALQ-211 Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Systems (AIDEWS); or Raytheon’s Advanced Countermeasures Electronic Systems (ACES) which includes the AN/ALQ-187 Electronic Warfare System and the AN/ALR-93 Radar Warning Receiver. Within CENTCOM’s area of responsibility, AIDEWS has been picked for Turkish, Omani, and Pakistani F-16s.
•28 BAE Systems or Symetrics AN/ALE-47 Countermeasures Dispensing Systems;
•28 AN/ARC-238 Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGAR) radios without HAVE QUICK I/II;
•28 Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Embedded GPS/Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) with Standard Positioning Service commercial code only (as opposed to military m-code used by American F-16s);
•12 surveillance and targeting pods: either Lockheed Martin’s AN/AAQ-33 SNIPER ATP, or Northrop Grumman’s AN/AAQ-28 LITENING. Despite Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel, the LITENING’s Israeli origins make Lockheed an almost certain winner.
•4 reconnaissance systems: either Lockheed Martin F-9120 Advanced Airborne Reconnaissance Systems (AARS), or Goodrich’s DB-110 Reconnaissance Pods;

Accompanying services may include base construction services [emphasis DID’s], support equipment, software development/integration, tanker support, ferry services, Cartridge Actuated Devices/Propellant Actuated Devices (CAD/PAD), repair and return, modification kits, spares and repair parts, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, and related U.S. Government and contractor technical, engineering, and logistics support.

The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Fort Worth, TX. Other involved firms may include:

•Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control in Dallas, TX
•Lockheed Martin Simulation, Training, and Support in Fort Worth, TX
•BAE Advanced Systems in Greenland, New York
•Boeing Corporation in Seattle, Washington
•Boeing Integrated Defense Systems in St Louis, MO; Long Beach, CA; and San Diego, CA
•Raytheon Company in Lexington, MA and Goleta, CA
•Northrop-Grumman Electro-Optical Systems in Garland, Texas
•Northrop-Grumman Electronic Systems in Baltimore, MD
•United Technologies subsidiary Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, CT
•General Electric Aircraft Engines in Cincinnati, OH
•Goodrich ISR Systems in Danbury, CT
•L3 Communications in Arlington, TX
•ITT Defense Electronics and Services in McLean, Virginia
•Symetrics Industries in Melbourne, FL

Egyptian sales often involve industrial offsets and local construction, but there are no known offset agreements in connection with this proposed sale. Some previous EAF F-16C/D aircraft sales have been manufactured in Turkey, under TAI’s partnership with Lockheed Martin.

Implementation of this proposed sale will require multiple trips to Egypt involving U.S. Government and contractor representatives for technical reviews/support, program management, and training over a period of 15 years.