FMS: Turkish F-16s Components and Weapons Package

Released on Thursday, September 8, 2005
United States of America
AIM-9X Sidewinder
F-16C Block 50
F-16D Block 50
Harpoon Block II
DSCA - Defense Security Cooperation Agency
GBU - Guided Bomb Unit
JSOW - Joint Stand-Off Weapon
LVT - Low Volume Terminals
MIDS - Multiple Information Distribution System
NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organization
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Turkey of munitions and aircraft components for F-16 aircraft as well as associated equipment and services. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $175 million.

The Government of Turkey has requested a possible sale of: Major Defense Equipment (MDE) 215 AN/APX-113 Advanced Identification Friend or Foe (AIFF); 203 Link 16 Multifunctional Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVT); 2 AGM-84H Joint Standoff Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response Exercise Missiles; 2 AGM-88B High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile Captive Air Training Missiles; 50 CBU-103 and 50 CBU-105 Bombs; Joint Direct Attack Munition Kits: 200 GBU-31 Guided Bomb Unit (GBU) kits, 200 GBU-38 kits, and 100 BLU-109; Joint Direct Attack Munition Integration Test Assets: 6 GBU-31 and 4 GBU-38 kits. Non-MDE 1 AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) Missile Simulation Unit; 2 AGM-154C JSOW Captive Flight Vehicles; 2 AGM-84H SLAM-ER Missile Guidance Sections; 1 AGM-84H SLAM-ER Recoverable Air-Test Vehicles; 2 AGM-84L HARPOON Captive Air Training Missiles; 2 AGM-84L HARPOON Missile Guidance Sections; 1 AGM-88B HARM MOD III Telemetry Section; and 2 AIM-9X SIDEWINDER Captive Air Training Missiles Also included are system integration and testing, missile modifications, 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, contractor engineering and technical support services, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $175 million.

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 further weapon system standardization and interoperability with U.S. forces. Turkey needs these capabilities for mutual defense, regional security, modernization, and U.S. and NATO interoperability.

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 modernization of 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 enhanced command, control communications system with high volume voice and data link.

Weapons integration will enable Turkey to keep pace with advances in technologies among other regional powers and solidify Turkey's ability to fight alongside the United States. 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 questions. The principal contractors will be: ViaSat Carlsbad, California BAE Advanced Systems Greenlawn, New York Boeing Integrated Defense Systems St Louis, Missouri (three locations) Long Beach, California San Diego, California Raytheon Missile Systems Tucson, Arizona 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 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 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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