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USAF sets out F-16 SLEP timeline

05 December 2017

The US Air Force (USAF) has outlined the proposed timeline for the planned service-life extension programme (SLEP) of its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft, with questions from industry being answered on 4 December.

An F-16 undergoes durability testing in Lockheed Martin’s Full Scale Durability Test facility in Fort Worth, Texas, ahead of the USAF’s decision to approve a service-life extension of up to 841 aircraft from 8,000 hours to nearly 14,000 hours. (Lockheed Martin)An F-16 undergoes durability testing in Lockheed Martin’s Full Scale Durability Test facility in Fort Worth, Texas, ahead of the USAF’s decision to approve a service-life extension of up to 841 aircraft from 8,000 hours to nearly 14,000 hours. (Lockheed Martin)

Having issued a request for proposal for the F-16 SLEP in late November, the USAF has told industry that it is looking for a single provider to provide kits from fiscal year (FY) 2018 through to FY 2023, with options running through to FY 2025. As previously disclosed by the USAF, the ultimate goal of the programme is to extend the service lives of up to 841 Block 40-52 F-16C/D aircraft from the current 8,000 hours to nearly 14,000 hours.



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