Upgrading the F-16
The U.S. Air Force plans to spend about $2 billion to upgrade 300 of its F-16s with a Combat Avionics Programmed Extension Suite, based on the F-16V upgrade package proposed by Lockheed Martin. Each country will specify its own level of upgrades but most will include:
The biggest change is addition of Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar. More powerful, faster, versatile and harder to detect and track, AESA radar is the single biggest technology change that vastly improves the F-16 combat capabilities.
ALQ-213 Electronic Warfare Management System, which lowers the pilot's workload by controlling, monitoring and presenting sensor data from weapons target and threat warning systems.
Integrated Broadcast Service. Collects and channels communications for various sources into single system.
6-inch-by 8-inch flat panel Center Display Unit. Provides a variety of aircraft performance and target information to pilots on a single monitor.
Sources: Lockheed Martin, Air Force
Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/10/06/4315854/lockheed-martin-hopes-to-cash.html#storylink=cpy
The fat Americans gotta have their Obama Phones, "Free" health care, and EBT cards, dontchaknow.
Love that picture! I am seriously upset with Lockheed for colluding with the Prez to withhold layoff slips until after the election. As far as I am concerned, they are criminals aiding and comforting the enemy and criminals within.
Lockheed Martin hopes to cash in by upgrading F-16sThere's something about that headline that bothers me. Maybe it's the use of 'cash in' which is normally used in the negative. Anywho, I read the article and IMHO Lockheed should 'cash in' on F-16 upgrades. And why not, they built the darn thing. And no one knows that plane like the one who designed and built it.
an aside: I've always loved the Fighting Falcon. A true Fighter, built for Fighter Pilots. And it looks like a Fighter should look.
(years ago I read that Fighter Pilots had input during the F-16s design stage - which makes sense but usually isn't the case.)
The F-16s have already turned into a flying brick with all the retro fitting and upgrades.