Morocco sign up for F-16


Lockheed Martin has been awarded an $841,877,905 contract to provide for 24 F-16 Block 52 aircraft to the government of Morocco in a deal on the cards since 2007.

The Pentagon in a statement last month added that the deal included advanced counter measure system electronic warfare system, along with associated support equipment, alternate mission equipment and support elements.

It is not clear if the award also includes the Pratt & Whitney F100-229 engines or air-launched weapons. According to a press release in 2007 by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the full value of the deal could rise to $2.4 billion.

The Associated Press reports Morocco is acquiring the aircraft through the US Air Force, which is processing the contract on behalf of Morocco within the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process.

The amount of the contract award shows that Morocco is paying $35 million per F-16 Block 52, which includes advanced countermeasures, electronic warfare and support equipment.

Lockheed won the contract in 2007 after a presumed deal for the Dassault Rafale fell apart reportedly over conflicting messages between the French government and the manufacturer, The AP noted.

Egypt struck a similar deal with the US last month, signing a deal to buy up to 24 of the same aircraft in a deal worth up to $3.2 billion on December 24. The Moroccan deal was announced December 21.

Last October Morocco requested the US to provide it via the FMS three Boeing CH-47D Chinook heavy helicopters and associated parts, equipment and logistical support for an estimated cost of $134 million.