The US State Division signed off on a collection of arms gross sales to the Philippines, the biggest being a $2.43 sale of 12 F-16 fighter jets and associated tools, the Protection Safety Cooperation Company (DSCA) stated.
“The Authorities of the Philippines has requested to purchase ten (10) F-16C Block 70/72 plane [and] two (2) F-16D Block 70/72 plane,” a DSCA press launch stated on Thursday.
The F-16 sale additionally features a prolonged checklist of kit, together with spare engines, Superior Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars, tactical computer systems, AMRAAM missiles, missile launchers, sniper concentrating on pods, an digital warfare suite, greater than two dozen different weapons techniques in addition to technical and logistics assist, the discharge stated.
“The proposed sale will enhance the Philippines’ functionality to fulfill present and future threats by enabling the Philippines to deploy fighter plane with precision munitions in assist of counterterrorism operations within the southern Philippines,” the discharge added.
DSCA additionally introduced two further State Division-approved gross sales in separate press releases:12 Harpoon Block II air-launched Harpoon missiles with associated tools for $120 million and 24 Sidewinder Block II tactical missiles with associated tools for $42.4 million.