00:09 GMT15 August 2020
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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US Department of State has approved a $634 million arms modernization deal to upgrade Chile's force of F-16 Fighting Falcon combat jets, the Defence Security Cooperation Agency said in a news release.

    "The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the government of Chile of equipment and related services for F-16 modernization for an estimated cost of $634.70 million", the release said on Thursday.

    The Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on Thursday, the release noted.

    Chile has requested to buy modernization equipment and services including 19 Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing Systems, six MK-82 bomb bodies, 44 LN-260 Embedded GPS/INS, and 49 Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radios, the release said.

    According to the release, the deal also covers software upgrades, ARC-238 Radios; combined altitude radar altimeters; joint mission planning system support; identification friend or foe AN/APX-126 transponders, cryptographic applications, and other equipment.

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