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.
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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