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Oman requests software upgrades for F-16s

9th January 2018 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US State Department has made a determination approving a potential foreign military sale of electronic warfare and communications equipment for Oman's F-16 fleet, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on 5 January.

Oman has requested Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) and secure communications equipment for Mode 5 operations. Also included is items and services to support an incremental operational flight profile (OFP) software upgrade for F-16 subsystems.

The estimated cost of the sale is $62 million.

The package includes 29 KIV-78 cryptographic/timing modules, 29 KY-100M cryptographic radio encryptors, 29 AN/APX-126 combined interrogator transponders, classified and unclassified computer programme identification number upgrades, and OFP upgrades for IFF Mode 5 capable systems and joint mission planning upgrade.

The requested equipment and services will enable Oman’s 23 F-16s currently using Mode 4 IFF to become interoperable on Mode 4/5.  Mode 5 IFF allows airborne and surface forces to conduct complimentary air operations. The incremental OFP software upgrades required to support Mode 5 will provide additional incremental improvement for other associated F-16 subsystems.

If the deal goes ahead, Lockheed Martin will be the prime contractor.

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