The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale to Bahrain for F-16V aircraft with support worth $2.785 billion.
The Government of Bahrain has requested a possible sale of 19 F-16V aircraft, the State Department said in a statement.
It added that the possible deal would also include 19 M61 Vulcan 20mm Gun Systems, 22 F-16V F-110-GE-129 Engines and 22 APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array Radars as well as a range of other related equipment and support services.
The statement said the proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a major non-NATO ally, which continues to be an important security partner in the region.
It added that the deal would improve Bahrain's capability to meet current and future threats. Bahrain will use the capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defence.
Bahrain currently employs 20 older F-16 Block 40s and will have no difficulty absorbing these new aircraft into its armed forces, the US State Department noted.
The prime contractor will be Lockheed Martin. Implementation of this proposed sale will require the assignment of at least 10 US Government representatives and approximately 75 contractor representatives to Bahrain.
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