Al Hurra - Washington
February 04, 2022
Jordan buys American fighter jets. archival - expressive
According to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency of the US Department of Defense, the US State Department approved a possible sale of military equipment to Jordan , including F-16 fighter jets, worth $4.2 billion.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs agreed to sell a multifunctional system that includes a communications and navigation station "MIDS-LVT" to Saudi Arabia in a deal worth $23.7 million, in addition to approving the sale of military equipment and supplies to the UAE worth $65 million.
The Jordan deal includes a purchase order for 12 F-16 C Block 70 aircraft, 4 F-16 D Block 70 aircraft, in addition to F100-GE-129D engines, in addition to IPDG devices. Specialized in modernizing combat aircraft software, in addition to computers specialized in F-16 aircraft, and geographical positioning systems.
The deal will allow improving Jordan's ability to meet current and future challenges by ensuring continued cooperation with the United States and the coalition forces. These aircraft will allow the modernization of the Jordanian combat aircraft fleet, and support regional goals by combating armed extremist organizations.
The sale deal to Saudi Arabia includes 31 units of a multifunctional system that includes a "MIDS-LVT" communications and navigation station, in addition to the modernization of military communications station systems.
This proposed sale will provide the Saudi armed forces with equipment and training to protect Saudi Arabia and the region from destabilizing effects, and counter Iranian influence and other security threats.
The sale deal to the UAE includes military equipment and supplies, including special maintenance parts for military equipment, and tracking radars.
A press release indicated that the UAE intends to maintain its air defense weapon systems in accordance with US maintenance requirements and standards, as this deal will support the UAE's current ability to deter hostile threats, and contribute to its integration with US-led coalitions.
The agency emphasized that supporting such deals is essential to support the national security goals of the United States by helping to improve the security readiness of "non-NATO allies," which is critical to political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.
She noted that the sale of these military equipment "will not change the basic military balance in the region."
She added that after the approval of the US State Department, it notified Congress of these deals.