Oman Seeks $117 Weapons Deal with US

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An F-16 Fighting Falcon receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over the skies of Afghanistan. Photo-Master Sgt. William Greer/Official U.S. Air Force

Oman is seeking to buy $117 million worth of weapons from the United States.The announcement was made in a press release by the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency about a possible foreign military sale to the sultanate.The deal includes a number of a number of F-16 A/C weapon systems, as well as associated equipment parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $117 million.

“The comprehensive deal would include 27 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM), 162 GBU-12 PAVEWAY II 500-lb Laser Guided Bombs, 162 FMU-152 bomb fuzes, 150 BLU-111B/B 500-lb Conical Fin General Purpose Bombs (Freefall Tail), 60 BLU-111B/B 500-lb Retarded Fin General Purpose Bombs (Ballute Tail), and 32 CBU-105 Wind Corrected Munitions Dispensers (WCMD). Also included are 20mm projectiles, Aerial Gunnery Target System (AGTS-36), training munitions, flares, chaff, containers, impulse cartridges, weapon support equipment and components, repair and return, spare and repair parts, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor representative logistics and technical support services, site survey, and other related elements of logistics support”, the report added.

The deal is expected to significantly boost Oman Royal Air Force’s capabilities.

“The proposed purchase of munitions will improve Oman’s capability to meet current and future regional threats and will provide a significant increase in the Royal Air Force of Oman’s (RAFO) capability to support both its own air defense needs as well as those of coalition operations. This potential sale is in support of RAFO’s current twelve F-16s as well as its ongoing acquisition of twelve additional F-16s.”, according the report.

The principal contractors will be Raytheon, Textron Defense Systems, General Dynamics and McAlester Army Ammunition Plant.

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