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25 F16 Viper pour le Maroc

Nous l’avions annoncé en octobre dernier  les forces aériennes marocaines ont reçu l’approbation du gouvernement américain du dossier FMS (Foreign military sales) concernant l’acquisition de 15 appareils F16 V.

Le montant de la commande s’élève à 3.8 milliards de dollars américains. Il concerne, outre les 25 appareils eux-mêmes, il comporte 29 moteurs P&W F100-229, 26 radars Aesa APG-83, ainsi que d’autres équipements. On note l’achat de 40 casques pour pilotes avancés JHMCS. Les FRA disposeront aussi de 40 missiles air-air AIM 120 C7 et surtout de 60 GBU 39 Small Diameter Bomb, bombe intelligente d’une portée de 72 Km très difficile à détecter par les défenses aériennes.

Cette future acquisition portera à 48 le nombre de F16 que va opérer le Maroc ce qui renforce considérablement ses capacités offensives et défensives.

Très ironiquement, le communiqué de la DCSA indique que cette commande ne modifierais pas l’équilibre des forces de la région, au moment où Washington a entamé un bras de fer avec l’Algérie concernant l’application des sanctions CAATSA pour empêcher l’armée Algérienne d’accéder à certains équipements stratégiques que lui propose la Russie comme le Su-35 et le système de défense aérienne S-400.

Communiqué de la DCSA

Defense Security Cooperation Agency
NEWS RELEASE
On the web: http://www.dsca.mil Media/Public Contact:
pm-cpa@state.gov
Transmittal No. 19-09
Morocco – F-16 Block 72 New Purchase
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2019 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible
Foreign Military Sale to Morocco of F-16C/D Block 72 aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of
$3.787 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying
Congress of this possible sale on March 22, 2019.
The Government of Morocco has requested to buy twenty-five (25) F-16C/D Block 72 aircraft; twenty-nine (29)
engines (Pratt & Whitney F100-229) (includes 4 spares); twenty-six (26) APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned
Array (AESA) radars (includes 1 spare); twenty-six (26) Modular Mission Computers (includes 1 spare); twentysix (26) Link-16 Multifunctional Information Distribution Systems – JTRS (MIDS-JTRS) with TACAN and ESHI
Terminals (includes 1 spare); twenty-six (26) LN260 Embedded Global Navigation Systems (EGI) (includes 1
spare); forty (40) Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS) (includes 5 spares); twenty-six (26) Improved
Programmable Display Generators (iPDG) (includes 1 spare); thirty (30) M61 Al Vulcan 20mm Guns (includes 5
spares); fifty (50) LAU-129 Multi-Purpose Launchers; forty (40) AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-toAir Missiles (AMRAAM); forty (40) AIM-120C-7 Guidance Sections; three (3) GBU-38/54 JDAM Tail Kits; fifty
(50) MXU-650 Air Foil Group, GBU-49; fifty (50) MAU-210 Enhanced Computer Control Group (CCG), GBU49,-50; thirty-six (36) FMU-139 D/B Fuzes; six (6) FMU-139 D/B (D-l) Inert Fuzes; two (2) GBU-39 (T-l) GTVs;
sixty (60) GBU-39/B Small Diameter Bombs (SDB I); ten (10) MAU-169L/B Computer Control Group, GBU-10,-
12,-16; ten (10) MXU-650C/B Air Foil Group, GBU-12; twelve (12) MK82 Bombs, Filled Inert; four (4) BLU-109
Practice Bombs; ten (10) MAU-169 CCG (D-2); and twenty-six (26) AN/AAQ-33 Sniper Pods. Also included are
twenty-six (26) AN/ALQ-213 EW Management Systems; twenty-six (26) Advanced Identification Friend/Foe;
Secure Communications, Cryptographic Precision Navigation Equipment; one (1) Joint Mission Planning System;
twenty-six (26) AN/ALQ-211 AIDEWS; six (6) DB-110 Advanced Reconnaissance Systems; communications
equipment; spares and repair parts; support equipment; personnel training and training equipment; publications and
technical documentation; support and test equipment, simulators; integration and test; U.S. Government and
contractor engineering, technical and logistical support services; and other related elements of logistics and program
support. The estimated cost is $3.787 billion.
This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to
improve the security of a major Non-NATO ally that continues to be an important force for political stability and
economic progress in North Africa.
The proposed sale will contribute to Morocco’s self-defense capabilities. The purchase will improve
interoperability with the United States and other regional allies and enhance Morocco’s ability to undertake
coalition operations, as it has done in the past in flying sorties against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Morocco already
operates an F-16 fleet and will have no difficulty absorbing this aircraft and services into its armed forces.
The proposed sale of this equipment will not alter the basic military balance in the region.
The prime contractor will be Lockheed Corporation, Bethesda, Maryland. The purchaser typically requests offsets.
Any offset agreement will be defined in negotiations between the purchaser and the contractor.
Implementation of this proposed sale will require the assignment of 10 additional U.S. Government and
approximately 75 contract representatives to Morocco.
There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.
This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.
All questions regarding this proposed Foreign Military Sale should be directed to the State Department’s Bureau
of Political Military Affairs, Office of Congressional and Public Affairs, pm-cpa@state.gov.

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