Omani air force to buy US F-16s, UK helicopters
Oman's air force is to buy F-16 fighters from the United States and British-built Super Lynx helicopters, an Omani defense official announced Saturday, March 17.
Sayyed Badr Bin Saud Al-Bussaidi, the minister in charge of defense affairs, quoted in newspapers, said Sultan Qaboos had taken the decision as part of efforts "to modernize and strengthen the air force".
He gave no details on the number of aircraft to be bought from the United States and Britain, nor the delivery dates.
In September 1997, Britain won a $64-million contract to modernize Oman's fleet of 16 Jaguar fighters, which make up the core of the 40-strong combat planes in the sultanate's air force.
And a deal for a new radar and pre-alert system as well as the modernization of air force communications was signed with Britain's Alenia Marconi in May 1999. — (AFP, Muscat)
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