Tuesday Dec 18, 201210:14 AM GMT
US to sell Oman missiles, bombs
Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:14AM
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Oman intends to purchase a number of weapons upgrades for its F-16 fleet, continuing a recent trend of bolstering the Royal Air Force of Oman.

 

Oman filed a request for the arms with the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency on Dec. 14. If approved, the deal will be worth $117 million. Contractors include Raytheon, General Dynamics, Textron and McAlester Ammunition.

 

Among the intended purchases are: 27 advanced, medium-range air-to-air missiles, 162 GBU-12 Paveway 500-pound laser-guided bombs, and 150 BLU-111B/B 500-pound conical fin general purpose bombs.

 

Oman has spent heavily this year to upgrade its F-16s. In October, the country finalized an agreement to upgrade a dozen of the fighter jets. This followed a June deal with Lockheed to equip the jets with its Sniper targeting pods and a March deal with Northrop Grumman to upgrade the jets’ radars.

 

U.S. aerospace companies have earned almost $1 billion from Oman in the past 18 months. Defense News

 

FACTS & FIGURES

 

Weapons sales by the United States tripled in 2011 to a record high, according to a new comprehensive congressional report.

 

The United States sold $66.3 billion of weapons overseas in 2011, accounting for nearly 78 percent of all global arms sales, which rose to $85.3 billion in 2011, the highest level seen since 2004.

 

Key U.S. weapons sales in 2011 included:

 

- $33.4 billion to Saudi Arabia for 84 Boeing Co F-15 fighters, dozens of helicopters built by Boeing and Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of United Technologies Corp,

 

- $3.49 billion for Lockheed Martin Corp's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, an advanced missile shield, to the United Arab Emirates, and $940 million for 16 Chinook helicopters built by Boeing,

 

- $1.4 billion for 18 F-16 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin,

 

- A $4.1 billion agreement with India for 10 C-17 transport planes built by Boeing,

 

- And a $2 billion order by Taiwan for Patriot antimissile batteries. Reuters

 

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