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KAI to update Link 16 datalink for RoKAF’s FA-50 aircraft

06 December 2019

South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has signed a contract with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to update the Link 16 tactical datalink system for the Republic of Korea Air Force’s (RoKAF’s) fleet of FA-50 light attack aircraft.

In a 6 December statement DAPA said the "FA-50 Link 16 Performance Improvement Project" aims to enhance security in the encryption system and harden [it] against interference, said DAPA, pointing out that it also plans to sign contracts in the first half of 2020 for similar updates to be performed on nine other platform types, including E-737 airborne early warning and control aircraft, F-15K fighters and KDX-III Aegis-equipped destroyers.

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