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Turkey to rewrite software source codes of 204 F-16 fighters
Today's Zaman, Turkey ^ | 30 October 2011 | LALE KEMAL

Posted on 10/31/2011 4:53:38 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki

Turkey to rewrite software source codes of 204 F-16 fighters

The US administration agreed in principle almost two months ago for the transfer of information over software source codes of US Lockheed Martin-made F-16 fighters to Turkey.

Once the agreement is completed, and if approved by the US Congress, Turkey will have the capability to automatically modify the software source codes of the fighters’ weapons systems with national software source codes, said US sources who asked not to be named.Turkey will become the first nation among 26 to have the F-16s in their inventories and have the ability to receive information on the F-16 fighters’ software source codes -- primarily their weapons systems -- thereby enabling it to replace them with national software source codes whenever necessary.

Once Turkey and the US complete around 50 pages of technical details over the nature of the US transfer of technology, an agreement should be signed, pending US congressional approval.

The US Congress has long prevented arms transfers to NATO member Turkey, mainly in reaction to its strained ties with Israel.

However, the US administration has as of late sought US congressional authorization for the sale of three AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopters to Turkey. This indicates a softening on the part of the congress toward Turkey.

Turkey has a long-standing request for Super Cobras. It has a shortage of these helicopters, required in its ongoing fight against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists, who have increased their violent attacks as of late.

Meanwhile, it is not clear whether the US administration will seek US congressional authorization for another long-standing Turkish request for the sale of four Predator unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and two armed Reaper UAVs.

However, some of the weapons, including Predators that the US reportedly pledged to transfer to Turkey as it withdraws from Iraq in December of this year, are said to not be subject to the approval of the US Congress. These are weapons the US used during its war in Iraq.

Missile defense link

US sources stated that Washington has agreed in principle to transfer the information mainly concerning the weapon systems of the F-16s so that Turkey can integrate by itself the national software source codes because Turkey has pursued a very persistent policy on the matter.

However, Turkey’s approval to deploy a radar system of the US-supported NATO Missile Defense System on its soil is understood to have played an important role in Washington’s agreement to in principle transfer the software source codes of mainly the weapons systems of the F-16s to Turkey. Turkey agreed last month to host a powerful US-supplied radar system to act as advanced eyes for a layered shield against ballistic missiles coming from outside Europe.

The AN/TPY-2 surveillance radar in Turkey will boost the shield’s capability against Iran, which Washington alleges is seeking to build nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran denies.

“By agreeing to transfer information on F-16 weapon systems so that Turkey could automatically integrate them with national software source codes, the US sought to ease tensions with its NATO ally, which is important in safeguarding US interests in the Middle East. The US also puts strong emphasis on seeing Turkish-Israeli relations normalize,” said the US source.

50 weapons systems on each F-16

Lockheed Martin this year began supplying Turkey with 14 F-16C variants and 16 F-16Ds under a deal signed in May 2007. The total cost of 30 additional F-16s to Turkey is $1.78 billion.

Under a separate agreement signed in April 2005 between Turkey and the US, 213 Turkish F-16s are being upgraded at a cost of $1.1 billion at the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) in Ankara. Turkey will be able to change the software source codes of the weapons systems on a total of 204 F-16s with national software source codes if a final agreement is reached with the US.

There are 50 different types of weapons systems on each F-16 that are classified.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: f16; israel; sourcecode; turkey

1 posted on 10/31/2011 4:53:42 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Is this part of a post a few weeks ago about Turkey modifying the IFF on it’s F-16’s?


2 posted on 10/31/2011 4:58:30 AM PDT by fso301
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Is this another DNC-designed treason
to enable Iranian software
to be used against US aircraft?

Good thing such an attack could NEVER happen, right?


3 posted on 10/31/2011 5:00:28 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

So, just as Turkey appears to be falling solidly in the Islamist, new Ottoman Caliphate camp, we start to shove weapons at them? Nice.


4 posted on 10/31/2011 5:01:18 AM PDT by Kozak ("It's not an Election it's a Restraining Order" .....PJ O'Rourke)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

It’s scary how ignorant & naive members of Congress are.(Republicans included)
I hope they aren’t foolish enough to go along with this.


5 posted on 10/31/2011 5:05:10 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
Meanwhile, it is not clear whether the US administration will seek US congressional authorization for another long-standing Turkish request for the sale of four Predator unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and two armed Reaper UAVs.

However, some of the weapons, including Predators that the US reportedly pledged to transfer to Turkey as it withdraws from Iraq in December of this year, are said to not be subject to the approval of the US Congress. These are weapons the US used during its war in Iraq.

What am I missing here? Has Congress already approved their transfer?

6 posted on 10/31/2011 5:18:42 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

What could possibly go wrong?

/sarcasm


7 posted on 10/31/2011 5:19:44 AM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

‘Probly going to bloat up the code with a lot of “PBUH” comments....


8 posted on 10/31/2011 5:27:10 AM PDT by mikrofon (Peace through Superior Firepower)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
Turkey needs to receive a polite but firm NO on arms & tech purchases in the near future. The country is clearly becoming more islamist.

Not surprisingly, Obama is doing the opposite.

I'm guessing the software changes will allow the F-16 weapons systems to be used against US, NATO, or Israeli targets.

9 posted on 10/31/2011 5:40:24 AM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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10 posted on 10/31/2011 5:41:29 AM PDT by SJackson (Haven't changed the environment, just take a bath. Eat a piece of chocolate. You need one. Michelle)
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To: mikrofon
Hopefully will include plenty of malware and dead spaghetti code so as to make it impossible to mod.
11 posted on 10/31/2011 5:42:30 AM PDT by twister881
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Are they using Windows XP on these birds?
No problem then, every time they turn on the power it takes 30 minutes to boot up and load the upgrades.
Then the blue screen of death pops up.
Would not want to fly something controlled by a windows based program...../S


12 posted on 10/31/2011 5:50:13 AM PDT by 9422WMR
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To: Texas Fossil
“What am I missing here? Has Congress already approved their transfer?”

When our patriotic Congressmen write these laws, they include lots of “yeah, buts” & “oh, by the ways”, so that their family & friends can sell arms to almost anybody. These F&Fs then write a fat check to the reelection campaign of their Congressman.

It's a simple system but it works very well for the Congressmen.

13 posted on 10/31/2011 5:54:27 AM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: ShadowAce

ping


14 posted on 10/31/2011 5:57:01 AM PDT by LearnsFromMistakes (Yes, I am happy to see you. But that IS a gun in my pocket.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

This is part of a deal to buy off the Turks and get their assurance that they will not invade Iraq after we leave.


15 posted on 10/31/2011 6:40:27 AM PDT by Domalais
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16 posted on 10/31/2011 6:47:24 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Texas Fossil
Here's the Predator XP info. Brought to you by the best Congress money can buy...
17 posted on 10/31/2011 6:55:39 AM PDT by antidisestablishment (Our people perish through lack of wisdom, but they are content in their ignorance.)
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To: Diogenesis

I’m sure it will work right the first time. Ever seen an F16 fly in reverse and upside down. Don’t need no stinkin’ exception handling.


18 posted on 10/31/2011 7:18:47 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: fso301

The Turks desire to attack Israel and want to turn off the back doors.


19 posted on 10/31/2011 7:51:25 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Two obvious comments.

1. Treason.
2. Good luck to someone trying to modify code that is as complex as this.

Note that the above two statements are not incompatible - simply looking at the problem from two differing paradigms.


20 posted on 10/31/2011 7:52:18 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Diogenesis
Is this another DNC-designed treason to enable Iranian software to be used against US aircraft? Good thing such an attack could NEVER happen, right?

Yep, Turkey's a friend forever - we have nothing to fear.../s

21 posted on 10/31/2011 8:58:38 AM PDT by GOPJ ( Democrats are the only reason to vote for Republicans.... Will Rogers)
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22 posted on 10/31/2011 9:56:32 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Nice target, all together.

“.In order for the software to fully install, you first have line them all up next to each other, so the blue-tooth can be enabled.”

“Hey, what are those planes doing up there?”

“Which planes?

“The ones with the dark 6 pointed stars on the white background...”


23 posted on 11/01/2011 12:14:24 AM PDT by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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24 posted on 11/01/2011 12:48:50 AM PDT by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: Kozak
>>>>>>>So, just as Turkey appears to be falling solidly in the Islamist, new Ottoman Caliphate camp, we start to shove weapons at them? Nice.<<<<<<

U.S. armed Hitler to start WWII and lured Japan to attack U.S.

WWII U.S. casualties: 200,000 WWII World casualties: 50-60 Million.

Planners think that this time it will be no different. It will.

25 posted on 11/02/2011 9:07:10 AM PDT by DTA (U.S. Centcom vs. U.S. AFRICOM)
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