F-16s. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announces[PDF] Morocco’s formal request for weapons to equip its new F-16s. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $155 million.
The request includes a number of different weapons, along with containers, bomb components, spare/repair parts, publications, documentation, personnel and training, contractor technical and logistics personnel services, and other related support elements.
The principal contractors will be:
- Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Fort Worth, TX (F-16)
- Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control in Dallas, TX (Paveway)
- Boeing Integrated Defense Systems in Seattle, WA (JDAM)
- Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, AZ (AMRAAM, HARM, Maverick, Paveway, Sidewinder)
Weapons requested will include:
- 30 AIM-120-C5 Advanced Medium Range Air-to Air Missiles (AMRAAM). The most recent production version is the C7.
- 60 AIM-9M SIDEWINDER Missiles. The most recent production version is the next-generation AIM-9X, but most American aircraft still carry AIM-9Ms.
- 20 AGM-88B/C HARM Missiles, used to attack radar sites.
- 8 AGM-65D/G MAVERICK Missiles, which use imaging infrared (IIR) guidance. The AGM-65G is especially useful against hardened targets.
- 45 AGM-65H MAVERICK Missiles. These use camera-based guidance, which can be more useful in hot desert environments.
- 50 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) tail kits (20 GBU-31 for MK-82 500 lb bombs, and 30 GBU-38s for MK-84 2,000 lb bombs);
- 20 GBU-24, PAVEWAY III laser-guidance and fin kits to convert 2,000 pound bombs.
- 50 GBU-10, PAVEWAY II laser-guidance kits for 2,000 lb. bombs with penetrating warheads for hardened targets.
- 150 GBU-12, PAVEWAY II laser-guidance kits for 500 lb. bombs.
- 60 Enhanced GBU-12 PAVEWAY II bombs, with dual-mode GPS/laser guidance.
- 300 MK-82 training “bombs”
- 60,000 training projectiles for 20mm cannons, which are found in the F-16 and in Morocco’s F-5s
- 4,000 self-protection chaff for use in the ALE-47 self-protection system
- 4,000 ALE-47 self-protection flares and associated equipment and services.
Pratt & Whitney announcesthat its F100-PW-229 engine has been selected by the Royal Moroccan Air Force to power their new fleet of F-16 Block 52 aircraft, beating GE’s F110-GE-129. The engine program is valued at approximately $170 million, with deliveries to take place in 2010 and 2011.
The F100-PW-229’s Engine Enhancement Package (EEP) aims to increase the time until full depot inspection from 7-10 years, while providing up to 30% life cycle cost reductions and reduce the predicted in-flight shutdown rate by up to 25%. To date, F100-PW-229 powered aircraft have logged more than 963,000 flight hours in more than 16 years of operational service, and the Royal Moroccan Air Force becomes the 22nd international customer to select the F100 engine family for F-16 or F-15 aircraft.