The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Bahrain for F-16V aircraft with support. The estimated cost is $2.785 billion.

„The proposed sale improves Bahrain's capability to meet current and future threats. Bahrain will use the capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense,“ a statement from the Defence Security Cooperation Agency says. „This purchase of F-16Vs will improve interoperability with United States and other regional allies. Bahrain employs 20 older F-16 Block 40s and will have no difficulty absorbing these aircraft into its armed forces“. 

The proposed sale of these aircraft will not alter the basic military balance in the region, according to the Agency. 

The prime contractor will be Lockheed Martin. There are no know offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.