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LM contracted to upgrade Greek F-16s

21 December 2018
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Lockheed Martin has been contracted to upgrade 84 Hellenic Air Force (HAF) F-16C/D Fighting Falcon combat aircraft to the latest F-16V standard, it was announced on 20 December.

Under the contract awarded on 20 December, 84 of the Hellenic Air Force’s F-16s are to be upgraded through to 2027. (Hellenic Air Force)Under the contract awarded on 20 December, 84 of the Hellenic Air Force’s F-16s are to be upgraded through to 2027. (Hellenic Air Force)

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded the manufacturer a USD996.8 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract to perform the upgrade work at its Forth Worth facility in Texas. Jane’s understands that while the initial two platforms will be upgraded in the United States, the remainder will be modernised by Hellenic Aircraft Industry (HAI) at its Tanagra facilities in Greece.

Work is scheduled to be complete by 30 June 2027.

The award comes eight months after the Greek Ministry of Defence (MoD) gave final approval for upgrades to 85 (this number has now been reduced by one) of its 154 F-16C/D Block 52+ and Block 52+ Advanced aircraft with the goal of extending their service lives through to 2048. While the HAF’s earlier F-16C/D Block 30 and Block 50 aircraft are not included, they are expected to receive equipment donated from the upgraded platforms.

As the most advanced variant of the F-16 available today, the F-16V (known as the Block 70/72 in its new-build guise) features the Northrop Grumman AN/APG-83 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar (derived from the F-16E/F Block 60 AN/APG-80 and also known as the Scalable Agile Beam Radar [SABR]), a new Raytheon mission computer, the Link 16 datalink, modern cockpit displays, an enhanced electronic warfare system, and a ground-collision avoidance system.

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