US approves $4.21 billion F-16 sale to Jordan

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced in a written statement that, "The State Department has decided to approve the sale of F-16 C/D Block 70 aircraft and related equipment with an estimated value of $4.21 billion to Jordan."

US Congress was notified regarding the approval of the sale, it was noted that the sales package included 12 F-16C Block 70 and 4 F-16D Block 70 aircraft, as well as 5 spare engines and other support equipment.

In the statement, it was noted that the sale will make a significant contribution to Jordan's security, but will not change the balance of power in the region.

The State Department's approvals for arms sales simply mean that the sale is not an issue for the US administration.

If the US Congress does not object to the Department's decision within 30 working days, the administration starts negotiations with the country where the sale is approved for the content of the sales package.

At the end of these negotiations, the USA offers a letter of offer to that country. If the offer receives a positive response, the procurement process takes place.

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