23:56 GMT08 July 2020
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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The sale of tactical data equipment including friend or foe identification for 32 South Korean F-16 aircraft won tentative approval from the US State Department, the Defence Security Cooperation Agency said on Monday.

    "The Republic of Korea has requested to upgrade its F-16 Block 32 aircraft with Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) and Link 16 Tactical Datalink (TDL)", the agency said in a statement. "The total estimated cost is $194 million".

    The proposed sale will improve South Korea’s ability to meet current and future threats by increasing its interoperability with the US Air Force and other coalition forces through the improved datalink and friend-or-foe identification for the nation’s F-16 fleet, the agency said.

    Lockheed Martin will be the prime contractor if the sale is finalized, according to the statement.

    Earlier in the month, the US Department of State approved an Israeli request to buy up to eight KC-46 aerial refueling and military transport aircraft and related equipment in a deal valued at $2.4 billion.

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    F-15, South Korea, United States
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