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Oman asks U.S. for F-16 support service

Oman seeks F-16 support deal from the United States.

By Richard Tomkins
Oman asks U.S. for F-16 support service
The U.S. State Department has approved Oman's request for F-16 support services and equipment. Pictured, a USAF F-16 over the Iraqi desert. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway

WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) -- Oman is requesting continued logistics services and equipment for its F-16 fighters through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which manages the FMS program, notified Congress the proposed deal would be worth $260 million and has been approved by the U.S. State Department.

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Specific support for the F-16s would include support equipment, communications equipment, personnel training, spare and repair parts, and contractor engineer technical services.

"The proposed sale allows the U.S. military to support the Royal Air Force of Oman, further strengthen the U.S.-Omani military-to-military relationship, and ensure continued interoperability of forces and opportunities for bilateral training and exercises with Oman's military forces," DSCA said.

The prime contractors for the sales package would be Lockheed Martin Aero, ITT (EXCELIS-Harris), BAE Systems, Honeywell, Northrop Grumman, Marvin Engineering, and Goodrich Corp.

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