The US State Department has approved the sale of eight Lockheed Martin F-16V Block 70/72 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft valued at USD1.67 billion.
The approval for the potential Foreign Military Sale (FMS), which was announced by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 3 June, covers the latest-variant F-16s, air-to-air and air-to-surface weaponry, defensive aids, spares, support, and training.
Specific equipment and weapons requested by Bulgaria include 4 Lockheed Martin AN/AAQ-33 Sniper targeting pods; 16 Raytheon AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs); 24 Raytheon AIM-9X Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missiles; 15 GBU-49 Enhanced Paveway II kits; 15 GBU-54 Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) kits; 28 Boeing GBU-39 Small-Diameter Bombs (SDB)-1s; 24 Mk 82 bombs; 9 AN/ALQ-211 Harris Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suites (AIDEWS); and nine AN/ALE-47 countermeasure dispensers.
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