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Morocco’s formal request for F-16 C/D Block 50/52

The US DSCA announces [PDF] Morocco’s formal request for F-16 C/D Block 50/52 aircraft support equipment and weapons at an estimated value of $187 million.

DSCA said that the proposed sale will allow the Moroccan air force to modernize its aging fighter inventory, thereby enabling Morocco to support both its own air defense needs and coalition operations (emphasis DID’s). Morocco is a major non-NATO US ally. The proposed sale includes:

  • 40 LAU-129A launchers;
  • 20 AGM-65D infrared-guided Maverick air-to-surface missiles;
  • 4 AGM-65D Maverick training missiles;
  • 4 AGM-65H TV-guided Maverick training missiles;
  • 60 Enhanced GBU-12 Paveway II kits, which include GPS-aided, laser guidance systems for the 500 lbs GBU-12 bombs;
  • 28 M61 20mm Vulcan cannons;
  • 28 AN/ARC-238 Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radios (SINCGARS) with HaveQuick I/II (a frequency-hopping system used to protect military radio traffic) or Saturn I/II;
  • 1 ground based simulator;
  • 40 LAU-118A missile rails;
  • 6 AN/AAQ-33 SNIPER targeting pods with ground station. Previous DSCA requests had included 12 SNIPER ATP or LITENING pods;
  • 16 Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation (ACMI) pods that record an aircraft’s in-flight data during dogfighting exercises;
  • 4 ACMI ground stations:
  • 8 Joint Mission Planning Systems (JMPS);
  • 2 Remotely Operated Video Enhanced Receivers (ROVERs);
  • 30 AN/ALR-93 radar warning receivers;
  • 30 AN/AVS-9 night vision goggles.

Other items included in the request are containers, bomb components, support equipment, repair and return, spares and repair parts, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, US government and contractor technical, engineering, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support.

The principal contractors will be:

  • Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Fort Worth, TX
  • Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, AZ
  • L3 Communications in Arlington, TX
  • Advanced Night Vision System in North Salt Lake, UT
  • Marvin Industries in Inglewood, CA
  • Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, CT
  • Goodrich ISR Systems in Danbury, CT
  • BAE Advanced Systems in Greenland, NY
  • Boeing in Seattle, WA
  • Boeing Integrated Defense Systems in St Lewis, MO
  • Boeing IDS in Long Beach, CA
  • Boeing IDS in San Diego, CA
  • Raytheon in Lexington, MA
  • Raytheon in Goleta, CA
  • Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control in Dallas, TX
  • Northrop-Grumman Electro-Optical Systems in Garland, TX
  • Northrop-Grumman Electronic Systems in Baltimore, MD

http://www.dsca.osd.mil/PressReleases/36-b/2009/Morocco_09-25.pdf


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