Lockheed Martin has won $996 million to upgrade 84 F-16 multirole fighter aircraft to the V-configuration.
Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas; and Athens, Greece, and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2027. It involves 100 percent Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to the government of Greece, United States (US) Department of Defense said in a statement Thursday.
The F-16 Fighting Falcon (Viper) multirole aircraft’s key features include a frameless bubble canopy for better visibility, side-mounted control stick to ease control while maneuvering, a seat reclined 30 degrees to reduce the effect of g-forces on the pilot, and the first use of a relaxed static stability/fly-by-wire flight control system which helps to make it a nimble aircraft. The F-16 has an internal M61 Vulcan cannon and 11 locations for mounting weapons and other mission equipment.
The core of the F-16V configuration is an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, a modern commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)-based avionics subsystem, a large-format, high-resolution display; and a high-volume, high-speed data bus. Operational capabilities are improved by Link-16 Theater Data Link, Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod, weapons, precision GPS navigation, and the Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto GCAS), according to the company.
Lockheed Martin will reduce the unit price of the F-35 jet to $80 million in 2020 from the current $89 million and is set to deliver more than 130 F-35s in 2019 to US and international customers The US Company delivered the 91st F-35 aircraft for the year, meeting the joint government and industry delivery target for 2018 and demonstrating the F-35 enterprise's ability to ramp to full rate production. The 91 deliveries in 2018 represent nearly a 40 percent increase from 2017 and about a 100 percent production increase compared to 2016
Lockheed Martin has delivered the first Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASM) to the United States (US) Air Force operational units. The LRASM completed the required integration, flight testing, modelling and simulation for the EOC declaration
Lockheed Martin has won a $585 million Missile Defense Agency (MDA) contract to design, develop and deliver its Homeland Defense Radar-Hawaii (HDR-H) in Oahu, Hawaii. The HDR-H radar will provide autonomous acquisition, tracking and discrimination to optimize the defensive capability of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) and counter evolving threats, the company said in a statement Tuesday
Lockheed Martin inaugurated its new F-16 production line in Greenville, South Carolina shifting F-16 tooling and equipment previously in Fort Worth,Texas which will be used for assembling the F-35. Lockheed had previously offered to shift the production line to India if it ordered over 100 F-16 jets and make it a manufacturing base for the F-16s global supply chain
The Parliament of Bulgaria has approved governments plan to begin negotiations with the United States (US) regarding the purchase of eight new F-16V fighter jets in a deal worth 1.8 billion levs ($1
Lockheed Martin has won $712 million contract for the development of advanced hardware in support of the F-35 Lightning II Technology Refresh 3 (TR3) System. Efforts include the design of the TR3 System through full flightworthy certification, production readiness review, and fleet release to support low-rate initial production Lot 15 aircraft, the United States department of defense said in a statement Thursday
Sikorsky and Boeing have unveiled a new military utility helicopter, SB-1 Defiant, developed for the United States (US) Armys Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Technology Demonstrator program. The Defiant marks Sikorsky Aircraft and Boeings entry for the US Army's Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program, succeeding the JMR initiative
Philippine Air Force is eyeing to purchase 16 Black Hawks from the United States, six T-129 attack helicopters from Turkey and three ground based air defense systems from Israel in 2019 in its biggest ever military buy, Former Air Force chief Lt. Gen
Lockheed Martin has won a $1.8 billion United States (US) contract for production and delivery of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) and PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (PAC-3 MSE) interceptors
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