Pentagon F-16 Upgrade Hesitation Roils The Market

By Bill Sweetman
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
February 17, 2014

With the U.S. Air Force expected to drop plans to upgrade 300 late-model F-16s, the market for modernizing the Lockheed Martin fighter—already disrupted by BAE Systems' win in South Korea—could become even more contentious. Boeing might join the fray and, along with BAE, is eyeing $8 billion in opportunities in Singapore and Taiwan.

The planned upgrades—with cost estimates above $30 million per aircraft in some cases—include active, electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, new cockpit displays and a new mission computer. Options include improved electronic warfare systems, analog device replacement and communications gear.

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