Saturday, 19 May 2018

U.S. State Department OKs possible $45 million sale of bomb bodies to Bahrain


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale to Bahrain of 3,000 bomb bodies worth an estimated $45 million aimed at boosting the Royal Bahraini Air Force’s F-16 combat aircraft operations, the department said on Friday.

The sale was requested by the Government of Bahrain and “will enhance the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the security of a major non-NATO ally which is an important security partner in the region,” it said.

Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama


The U.S. would provide from its own stocks the bodies of 1,500 MK-82 500-pound general purpose bombs; 600 MK-83 1,000-pound bombs; 600 MK-84 2,000-pound bombs, and 500 BLU-109 2,000-pound penetrator warhead bombs, according to a Defense Security Cooperation Agency announcement Friday. Source:

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