Bahrain orders 16 F-16Vs
Bahrain orders 16 F-16Vs
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Bahrain orders 16 F-16Vs

The Royal Bahraini Air Force announced at the BIDEC 2017 Exhibit that it will acquire 16 F-16 “Viper” fighters as part of a $3.8bn deal.

The Royal Bahraini Air Force (RBAF) has announced an order for 16 F-16V “Viper” fighters. The announcement was made during the inaugural edition of the Bahrain International Defence Exhibition & Conference (BIDEC 2017).

The RBAF Chief of Staff said that the aircraft would be acquired through a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) agreement under a $3.8bn deal. The contract also reportedly includes an option for three additional aircraft. First deliveries are scheduled for 2021.

The news follows a U.S. government green light for the deal, announced in September. That deal included the upgrade of the country's existing fleet of 20 F-16 Block 40 aircraft to the Viper configuration.

The Viper configuration includes Northrop Grumman’s APG-83 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar. Other features of the F-16V, which made its first flight in October 2015, include a new cockpit Center Pedestal Display, a modernized mission computer, a high-capacity Ethernet data bus, and other missions systems enhancements that add significant combat capabilities.

Among other countries to have shown interest in the F-16V, Taiwan started upgrading its 144 ageing F-16 A/Bs to the Viper configuration in January. Greece recently received U.S. approval to upgrade 120 F-16s to the Viper configuration. Indonesia is another target customer.

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Ricobelli.Pablo | 06/01/2018 16:51

Please give us some details about the engine upgrades (if any) on this last version of the Viper. If the upgrade include engine technology, it would be a terrific machine with lots of qualities not found in 5th generation planes. Of course it lacks many other features you can find in such expensive fighters but non are really needed in the 90% of cases or scenarios some countries might face. Your thoughts?

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