The US government has approved a USD62 million upgrade to the Royal Air Force of Oman’s (RAFO’s) fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft.
The State Department approval, which was announced by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 5 January, covers an incremental Operational Flight Profile (OFP) software upgrade for F-16 subsystems, as well as Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) and secure communications equipment for Mode 5 operations.
As noted by the DSCA, the work covers all 23 of the RAFO’s F-16C/D Block 50 fighters. Specific equipment and services contained in the notification comprises KIV-78 cryptographic/timing modules; KY-100M cryptographic radio encryptors; AN/APX-126 Combined Interrogator Transponders; classified and unclassified Computer Program Identification Numbers (CPINS) upgrades; OFP upgrades for IFF Mode 5 capable systems, Joint Mission Planning (JMPS) upgrade; Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod software, service support, support equipment, spares, and training; systems support and test equipment; spare and repair parts; publications and technical documentation; training and training equipment; US Government and contractor engineering; logistics and technical support services; and other related elements of logistics and programme support.
“This proposed sale of items and services will enable Oman’s … F-16s currently using Mode 4 IFF to become interoperable on Mode 4/5. Mode 5 IFF allows US and partner airborne and surface armed forces to conduct complimentary air operations. Incremental OFP software upgrades required to support Mode 5 will provide additional incremental improvement for other associated F-16 subsystems. Oman will have no difficulty in absorbing these upgrades into its F-16 fleet,” the notification said.
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