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F-16 Air Combat Training Center For Jordan

Library image of a Royal Jordanian Air Force F-16 'Fighting Falcon' pilot and ground crew participating in a simulated scramble scenario at Mwaffaq Salti Air Base in Jordan [US Air Force: TSgt Wolfram M Stumpf]

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency has approved the Foreign Military Sale of an F-16 Air Combat Training Center to Jordan.


DCSA News Release, Washington, 11 February 2021: The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Jordan of an F-16 Air Combat Training Center and related equipment for an estimated cost of $60 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

The Government of Jordan has requested to buy an F-16 Air Combat Training Center and Devices including full mission trainers, combat tactics trainers, instructor/operator stations, tactical environment simulators, brief/debrief stations, scenario generation stations, database generation stations, mission observation centres, and other training centre equipment and support; software and software support; publications and technical documentation; maintenance, spares and repair parts and services; US and contractor engineering, technical, and logistical support services; and other related elements of program support. The estimated total cost is $60 million.

This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a Major Non-NATO Ally that is an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.

The proposed sale will improve Jordan’s capability to meet current and future threats by ensuring Jordan’s pilots are effectively trained, which will contribute to the US-Jordan lasting partnership and ensure the country’s stability, a critical element to broader US regional policy goals. Jordan will use this asset to enhance training of pilots. Jordan will have no difficulty absorbing these training centre assets and simulators into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region. The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin Corporation Rotary & Mission Systems, Orlando, FL. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. Implementation of this proposed sale will require the assignment of two US Lockheed Martin contractor representatives to Jordan for a duration of two years to support training. There will be no adverse impact on US defence readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law. The description and dollar value is for the highest estimated quantity and dollar value based on initial requirements. Actual dollar value will be lower depending on final requirements, budget authority, and signed sales agreement(s), if and when concluded.

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