FMS: Czech Republic Seeks ex-USAF F-16A/B fighters


Released on Thursday, October 2, 2003
Czech Republic
AIM-120C AMRAAM
F-16A Fighting Falcon
F-16B Fighting Falcon
F100-PW-220
AMRAAM - Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile
FMS - Foreign Military Sale
NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organization
The Defense Security and Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified the US Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the Czech Republic of F-16A/B Block 10/15 aircraft as well as associated equipment and services.

The Government of Czech Republic has requested a possible sale of 12 F-16A Block 15 Air Defense Fighter Aircraft, 2 F-16B Block 10 Operational Capabilities Upgrade (OCU) aircraft, 2 F-16A OCU aircraft to get spare and repair parts (cannibalization), 16 Pratt and Whitney F100-PW-220 engines including 2 spare engines, and 35 LAU-129 launchers.

In addition, this possible FMS could include 20 AIM-120C AMRAAM missiles, 4,000 rounds of 20mm cannon ammunition, and support equipment and services to ensure F-16s full operability during 10 years.

The total estimated cost with all options included is $650 million.

The Czech Air Force would employ these F-16A/B aircraft to replace aging soviet-made Mig-21s while achieving NATO interoperability.

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