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F-16 Block 61 for the UAE

The Defense Department Cooperation Agency (DSCA) of the US Department of Defense 23 on January 2014 sent an official notification to the US Congress about the upcoming delivery of various onboard systems to the United Arab Emirates through intergovernmental military sales for a total amount of 270 million. designed for the Lockheed Martin F-30 Block 16 61 tactical fighter. These fighters are purchased by the UAE directly from Lockheed Martin through direct commercial sales (DCS). In addition, as follows from the text of the message, upgrades to the Block 61 level are subject to the F-16E / F Block 60 fighters that the UAE has.

This DSCA notification became a kind of sensational, because so far there have been no official reports about the conclusion of the UAE of the new contract for the purchase of F-16 fighter jets (although information about the UAE’s negotiations with the American side regarding the purchase of an additional batch of F-16 in approximately 25 machines was distributed about two years now), nor about the very existence of the Block 61 modification. The contract details for the F-16 Block 61 fighter aircraft remain unknown. Recall that under the contract 2000 years worth 7 billion dollars with Lockheed Martin UAE Air Force received a 2004 of 2009 years 80 fighters specially designed version of the F-16 Block 60 - in the number 55 single machines F-16E and 25 double F-16F. These planes, called the Desert Falcon, are equipped with Northrop Grumman AN / APG-80 radar with an active phased antenna array and engines of a specially developed modification General Electric F110-GE-132 with afterburner to 15000 kg. To date, the F-16E / F Block 60 remain the most "advanced" serial version of the F-16 aircraft.

It is unclear how the purchase of an additional batch of X-NUMX F-30 fighters correlates with the unofficial tender of the United Arab Emirates for the purchase of new-type fighters before the 16-60. Meanwhile, 80 in January, Jan King, executive director of BAE Systems, said in London that the company refused to negotiate the sale of Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets to UAE, since the deal could not be made within the proposed budget by the UAE.

Lockheed Martin F-16F Block 60 fighter (onboard / serial number 3018) Desert Falcon UAE air force at the American Nellis airbase during the exercise "Red Flag 12-4". 30.07.2012 (c) Avtech /
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  1. Samaritan
    Samaritan 27 January 2014 11: 07
    With the introduction of f-35, the undemocratic world is awash with American junk !!!
    1. Nayhas
      Nayhas 27 January 2014 11: 33
      Quote: Samaritan
      With the introduction of f-35, the undemocratic world is awash with American junk !!!

      This "old", as you put it, is not even ten years old, but in terms of onboard equipment it surpasses "those without analogues in the world", not to mention the range of weapons.
    2. Samaritan
      Samaritan 27 January 2014 16: 53
      Well, minus, I need to state the idea correctly, the essence: now our "partners" will be provided with American weapons, do not spoil at all! I expressed my concern so briefly)))) stop
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        1. patsantre
          patsantre 27 January 2014 22: 56
          So go head over to the F-35 article, not here.
  2. Nayhas
    Nayhas 27 January 2014 11: 19
    As the article at the end was cut back, it was skipped about replacing the Mirage-2000 that they were going to implement through the purchase of Typhoons / Rafaley / F-16. They refused the Typhoons and decided to take only Rafali, but then there was a message about Block 61 ... like a thunder ... In general, there’s still a lot of unclear ...
    Well, then Lockheed Martin F-16F Block 60 is a super car, I wonder what Block 61 will be.
  3. kelevra
    kelevra 27 January 2014 11: 24
    The United States hands over all its junk to third countries and no one is outraged, because a freebie, in a sense, is a "sale"!
    1. servant.
      servant. 27 January 2014 16: 40
      And what about the Arabs suckers or something? They are seizing Amer’s junk, and they don’t even want to take novies from us, we have the MIG-29SMT flying like new ones, and some third-world country called them junk, broke the contract and returned it back ...
  4. DmitryK
    DmitryK 27 January 2014 12: 33
    Fancy design !!!!
  5. jjj
    jjj 27 January 2014 13: 08
    15-th, 16-th and 18-th - work horses of the adversary with the environment. They will not spoil the furrows. Well, we know them well
  6. mountain
    mountain 27 January 2014 13: 52
    It’s not Poland anymore, but just a little America, a bit more and ..... They will never become big ones.
    APASUS 27 January 2014 19: 47
    Where the UAE buys planes in such quantities, have they really noticed the terrorists on the horizon, or who is threatening them poor fellow?
  8. alone
    alone 27 January 2014 22: 58
    I have the feeling that the F-16 can be upgraded to infinity))