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Egypt to upgrade F-16C/D Block 40 powerplants

31 October 2018

Egypt is to upgrade the engines of an unspecified number of its Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft under a USD273.5 million contract announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 31 October.

An Egyptian Air Force F-16 preparing to depart on a combat mission in 2015. The service is to upgrade the General Electric engines of a number of F-16C/D Block 40 aircraft that it received between 1991 and 2001. (Egyptian MoD)An Egyptian Air Force F-16 preparing to depart on a combat mission in 2015. The service is to upgrade the General Electric engines of a number of F-16C/D Block 40 aircraft that it received between 1991 and 2001. (Egyptian MoD)

Under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract General Electric (GE) will upgrade the F110-GE-100 powerplants fitted to Egyptian Air Force (EAF) F-16 aircraft.

Work will be performed in the US and will be complete by 30 October 2023.

Also known as the Block 30 powerplant, the F110-GE-100 is the alternate engine for the Block 30/32/40-variants of the F-16 that was fitted from December 1985 (the primary engine being the Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220).

According to Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft: Development and Production the EAF received 36 F110-GE-100-powered F-16C and 81 F110-GE-100-powered F-16D Block 40 aircraft between October 1991 and June 2001 (during this timeframe, it also received aircraft fitted with the F100-PW-220 primary engine), though not all of these will remain in service today.

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