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US approves sale of F-16 aircraft, missiles to the Philippines

The US State Department has approved a foreign military sale to the government of the Philippines for F-16 Block 70/72 aircraft, AGM-84L-1 Harpoon Air Launched Block II Missiles, AIM-9X Sidewinder Block II Tactical Missiles and related equipment.

The US State Department has approved a foreign military sale to the government of the Philippines for F-16 Block 70/72 aircraft, AGM-84L-1 Harpoon Air Launched Block II Missiles, AIM-9X Sidewinder Block II Tactical Missiles and related equipment.

The Philippines Air Force is modernising its fighter aircraft to better support its own air defence and maritime security needs. 

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Accordingly, the government of the Philippines has requested to buy 10 F-16C Block 70/72 aircraft and two F-16D Block 70/72 aircraft.

Principal contractor Lockheed Martin will produce the F-16 Block 70/72 aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of US$2.43 billion.

The proposed sale is expected to improve the Philippines’ capability to meet current and future threats by enabling its forces to deploy fighter aircraft with a short range air-to-air missile defence capability.

The government of the Philippines has also requested the purchase of twelve AGM-84L-1 Harpoon Block II air launched missiles; and two ATM-84L-1 Harpoon Block II Exercise missiles.

Boeing has been contracted to deliver the AGM-84L-1 Harpoon Air Launched Block II Missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of US$120 million.

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Raytheon Missile Systems Company has also been tasked with supplying 24 AIM-9X Sidewinder Block II tactical missiles; 24 AIM-9X Block II Captive Air Training Missiles (CATMs); six Tactical Guidance Units; and 10 Captive Air Training Missile (CATM) Guidance Units.

The estimated cost for the AIM-9X Sidewinder Block II Tactical Missiles and related equipment is US$42.4 million.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency stressed that the order would not alter the basic military balance in the region.

[Related: In numbers – Australia’s changing attitudes towards China]

Nastasha Tupas

Nastasha Tupas

Journalist – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Nastasha is a Journalist at Momentum Media, she reports extensively across veterans affairs, cyber security and geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific. She is a co-author of a book titled The Stories Women Journalists Tell, published by Penguin Random House. Previously, she was a Content Producer at Verizon Media, a Digital Producer for Yahoo! and Channel 7, a Digital Journalist at Sky News Australia, as well as a Website Manager and Digital Producer at SBS Australia. Nastasha started her career in media as a Video Producer and Digital News Presenter at News Corp Australia.

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