Egypt extending F-16 engine lives


General Electric has been awarded a contract to extend the service lives of Egyptian F-16 engines.

The US Department of Defence on 16 June announced a contract with General Electric worth $26.9 million for 12 service-life extension programme (SLEP) kits for F110-GE-100 engines. The 12 SLEP kits comprise 18 individual kits that support the engines. The contract will run through to 30 September.

Egypt received over 200 F-16A-Ds from the United States from the early 1980s as part of the Peace Vector programme and another 20 F-16C/Ds were ordered in 2013, with deliveries recently concluding.

In December 2009 the United States announced a possible sale to Egypt of SLEP kits for 156 F-110-GE-100 engines in a contract worth approximately $750 million. The contract was to have been spread out over six to seven years in increments of approximately 24 engines being upgraded each year.

However, this contract appears to have not come about due to the suspension of military assistance to Egypt after the military removed democratically elected leader Mohammed Morsi in 2013. After military assistance was resumed last year, Egypt has received F-16s, M1 Abrams tank kits, Harpoon anti-ship missiles, AH-64 Apache attack helicopters and mine-resistant, ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles.

It is expected that further SLEP contracts will be forthcoming for Egypt, along with other possible upgrades.