Back in August 2006, “US DSCA Issues a Flurry of International Arms Sale Notifications” noted that the Netherlands and Singapore were moving to set up F-16 pilot training programs in the USA, which offers a lot more space to fly in and combat-seasoned pilots as trainers. Now the UAE, whose Block 60 “Desert Falcons” are the world’s most advanced F-16s, has requested a similar service.
This course will go from fighter fundamentals training to a “capstone” course that takes experienced pilots and significantly improves their tactical proficiency. Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals in Texas is a pre-cursor to F-16 Block 60-transition training, which UAE pilots will receive in Tucson, AZ. The US DSCA announced the request on June 18/07 as: