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US approves Swiss Hornet upgrades

31 July 2017

The US State Department has approved upgrades to Switzerland's fleet of Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornet fighters, valued at USD115 million.

The upgrades, which were announced by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 28 July, centre on a service-life extension programme (SLEP) for the fleet. While the notification did not provide aircraft numbers involved, the Swiss Air Force currently fields 31 single- and twin-seat Hornets.

Equipment to be supplied under the SLEP comprises up to 50 Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio Systems (MIDS JTRS) with Concurrent Multi-Net 4 (CMN-4) capability; 50 ARC-210 GEN 5 RT-1900A(C) radios with Second Generation Anti-Jam Tactical UHF Radio for NATO (SATURN) frequency hopping; 20 Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) Night Vision Cueing Displays (NVCDs); CIT Automated Dependence Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out; software enhancements to the AN/APG-73 radar; improvements to the F/A-18 Software Configuration Set (SCS) 29C; and sustainment for the AN/ALQ-165 Airborne Self Protection Jammer (ASPJ) system.

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