Royal Moroccan Air Force F-16
Royal Moroccan Air Force F-16

Raytheon Awarded $212 Million Contract for Royal Moroccan Air Force F-16 F100-PW-229 Engines

Raytheon Technologies Corp., East Hartford, Connecticut, has been awarded a $212,053,200 delivery order against the F100 production program’s indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for F100-PW-229 install engines. Work will be performed in East Hartford, Connecticut, and is expected to be completed June 30, 2025. This contract involves Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to Morocco and is the result of a sole-source acquisition. FMS funds in the full amount will be obligated at time of award. U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Royal Moroccan Air Force of F-16C/D Block 72 aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.787 billion on March 22, 2019. The two potential deals cover the purchase of 25 F-16C/D Block 72 fighters, estimated at $3.787 billion, as well as upgrades to the country’s existing 23 F?16s to the more advanced F?16V Block 52+ configuration, estimated at $985.2 million. The upgrade package includes much of the same equipment, with similar quantities of AESA radars, Link 16 systems and weapons. The configuration improves the radars and avionics on the older jets.

A Royal Moroccan Air Force F-16 prepares to receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 191st Air Refueling Squadron, during Exercise African Lion April 20, 2018. (Photo by Senior Airman Malcolm Mayfield/US Air Force)

In addition to the 25 fighter jets, the larger package includes 29 Pratt & Whitney F100-229 engines; 26 APG-83 active electronically scanned array radars; 30 M61 Al Vulcan 20mm Guns; 50 LAU-129 Multi-Purpose Launchers; 40 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles; 40 AIM-120C-7 Guidance Sections; 50 MXU-650 Air Foil Group, GBU-49; 50 MAU-210 Enhanced Computer Control Group (CCG), 36 FMU-139 D/B Fuzes; 6 FMU-139 D/B (D-l) Inert Fuzes; 2 GBU-39 GTVs; 60 GBU-39/B Small Diameter Bombs; 12 MK82 Bombs, 4 BLU-109 Practice Bombs; 10 MAU-169 CCG (D-2); 26 AN/AAQ-33 Sniper Pods and assorted other equipment.

The Bush administration announced plans to sell Morocco 24 F-16C/D fighters and 24 T-6B trainers aircraft valued at up to $2.6 billion on 27 December 2007. The sale was officially announced on 6 June 2008 and deliveries commenced in July 2011. All F-16s were delivered by the end of August 2012. On March 25, 2019 – The U.S government has approved the sale of 25 new F-16 Block 72s and related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.787 billion to Morocco as well as an upgrade package to bring the existing 23 F-16 Block 50/52+ up to the very similar F-16V standard plus the related equipment for an estimated cost of $985.2 million.

Royal Moroccan Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons taxi on the runway at Ben Guerir Air Base, Morocco, 14 June, 2021, in support of African Lion 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas S. Keisler IV)