The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of a possible
Foreign Military Sale to Turkey of advanced F-16 Block 50 aircraft as well as
associated equipment and services. The total value, if all options are
exercised, could be as high as $2.9 billion.
The Government of Turkey has requested a possible sale of: Major Defense
Equipment (MDE) 30 Advanced F-16 Block 50 Aircraft; 42 General Electric
F-110-129 Engines; 60 LAU-129A Launchers; 36 Link-16 Multifunctional Information
Distribution System-Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVT); 35 AN/APX-113 Advanced
Identification Friend or Foe (AIFF); 32 AN/APG-68(V)9 Radar; 36 Joint Helmet
Mounted Cueing System; 3 Link-16 Ground Stations; and 36 AN/ALQ-211 Airborne
Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suites or AN/ALQ-178 Self Protection
Electronic Warfare Suites.
Also included are system integration and testing, software
development/integration, test sets and support equipment, simulation units, link
pods, spare and repair parts, publications and technical data, maintenance,
personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor
representatives' program support services, contractor engineering and technical
support services, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated
cost is $2.9 billion.
This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security
objectives of the United States by improving the military capabilities of Turkey
and advancing weapon system standardization and interoperability with U.S.
This proposed sale will enhance the Turkish Air Force's ability to defend Turkey
while patrolling the nation's extensive coastline and borders against future
threats and to contribute to the Global War on Terrorism and NATO operations.
The proven reliability and compatibility of like systems integrated with
numerous platforms will foster increased interoperability with NATO and U.S.
forces, and expand regional defenses to counter common threats to air, border,
and shipping assets in the region. The F-16 aircraft will be provided in
accordance with, and subject to the limitation on use and transfer provided
under the Arms Export Control Act, as amended, as embodied in the Letter of
Offer and Acceptance.
Link-16 MIDS LVT improves interoperability with U.S. and NATO by providing
Turkish aircraft with an enhanced command, control communications system with
high volume voice and data link.
This proposed sale will not adversely affect either the military balance in the
region or U.S. efforts to encourage a negotiated settlement of the Cyprus
The principal contractors will be: BAE Advanced Systems Greenlawn, New York;
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Fort Worth, Texas; Lockheed Martin
Missiles/Fire Control Orlando, Florida; L3 Communications Arlington, Texas;
McDonald Douglas Corporation St. Louis, Missouri; Northrop-Grumman
Electro-Optical Systems Garland, Texas; Northrop-Grumman Electronic Systems
Baltimore, Maryland; General Electric Aircraft Engines Cincinnati, Ohio;
Raytheon Electronic Warfare Systems Company Goleta, California.
Although generally the purchaser requires offsets, at this time, there are no
known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.
The number of U.S. Government and contractor representatives to support this
program will depend on the results of negotiations with Turkish defense
contractors on the content of local work and subsequent decisions by the
Government of Turkey on contractor responsibilities for the modification effort.
There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this
proposed sale. This notice of a potential sale is required by law; it does not
mean that the sale has been concluded.
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