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Time to Modernization of Portugal Inventory

Time to Modernization of Portugal Inventory May 15, 2019

The Força Aérea Portuguesa (Portuguese Air Force, FAP) received the first of three upgraded F-16s on 9 May. 
Two single-seat F-16A Block 15s and a single twin-seat F-16B Block 15 jet were supplied by the USA, FAB inventory will have all the modernization aircraft end of the 2019. The aircraft was the first of two single-seat F-16AMs, the second of which is scheduled for delivery in late July, to be followed by a twin-seat F-16BM in late 2019.


They will join 24 F-16AMs and three F-16BMs of squadrons 201 and 301 at Monte Real airbase.
The current fleet of Portuguese F-16s includes 39 aircraft flying in two squadrons, the Falcoes and Jaguares. The entire fleet will be updated in 2022. The modernization includes a strengthening of the F-16 structure, a new avionics with color screens, a new digital flight recorder and an updated radar software. Also including new electronic protection with warning systems and the AN / ALQ-184 electronic countermeasure system.

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