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Chile cleared for F-16 modernization

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US Air Force file photo of US and Chilean F-16 aircraft flying in formation.

The US State Department has approved an upgrade package for Chile’s modernization of its F-16 fighter jets.

The potential deal is worth an estimated $634.70 million, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).

Chile has requested to buy joint helmet-mounted cueing systems (JHMCS), embedded GPS/INS (EGI), Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) and a range of other systems for its fleet of over 40 F-16 fighters.

“The proposed sale will improve Chile’s capability to meet current and future threats by modernizing its F-16 fleet, which will allow Chile to maintain sovereignty and homeland defense, increase interoperability with the United States and other partners, and deter potential adversaries,” DSCA said in a statement.

Should the deal be concluded, the main contractor would be Lockheed Martin.