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  • What Do Russian Planes Take? October 4 2019
    The public seems convinced that procuring aircraft from Russia will be one of the best responses to the US. There are many reasons for this. The plane Turkey couldn’t get from the US even though the payment is already made, it is not the first unfair western sanction and probably won’t be the last. It is worth reminding to those who do not find our country's past experiences sufficient that the US demanded hangar parking fees for F-16s that they did not give to Pakis...
  • The US Plans $8 Billion Fighter Jet Sale to Taiwan
    The US Plans $8 Billion Fighter Jet Sale to Taiwan August 17 2019
    Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force (RoCAF) has confirmed it will be getting new F-16s. An infographic put out by the RoCAF has confirmed that it will be getting new F-16s. The RoCAF says it will stand up a new tactical fighter wing for these new jets. It should be made up of three squadrons. The jets will also come with conformal fuel tanks and uprated engines – which could mean the GE F110. Earlier, the Washington Post said the Trump administration has put up the $8 billion...
  • Slovakia in Search of Training Aircraft
    Slovakia in Search of Training Aircraft August 15 2019
    The Slovak aviation is looking for a new advanced training aircraft in view of the receipt of its 14 F-16 Block 70 fighter jets, which will be delivered in 2023.Slovak Air Force will begin its biggest transformation process throughout its aviation history. It will leave its aging Soviet Era aircraft and will fly with F-16s. This transformation however cause a gap in air force as there is no F-16 trained pilot. Under the purchase agreement, 22 Slovak pilots will be trained in F-16 Block 52 fig...
  • Incentive Contract for F-16 August 5 2019
      Lockheed Martin has been awarded an incentive contract for F-16 aircraft production for Slovak Air Force. The contract valued approximately $800 million to build a batch of 14 F-16 Block 70 aircraft jets, 12 single-seat and 2 two-seat models. Work will be performed at Greenville, South Carolina, and the first four jets are scheduled to be delivered by 2022, work is expected to be completed by 2024.  In December 2018, Slovakia signed a procure agreement worth US...
  • Veto by-passed
    Veto by-passed August 1 2019
    There has been a significant development in the Air Force’s long-standing aircraft debate. Answering the request of the Air Force, Bulgaria signed an agreement with the US to supply eight F-16s. Under the 1.2 billion $ deal, the US will supply ammunition, logistical support and maintenance equipment as well as aircraft. The agreement was previously vetoed by Bulgarian President Rumen Radev for financial reasons. According to the obtained information, four of aircraft will be delivered i...
  • Bulgaria’s President Vetoes $1.26 Billion Deal for F-16 Jets
    Bulgaria’s President Vetoes $1.26 Billion Deal for F-16 Jets July 24 2019
    Bulgaria's president has vetoed the country's planned $1.26 billion acquisition of eight Lockheed Martin F-16V fighters, citing a lack of agreement and clarity over the deal. Issuing the veto on 23 July, “The commitment of Republic of Bulgaria to obligations, for years to come, without a national consensus and conviction in the mutually acceptable conditions of the treaty, is extremely worrying,” Radev said in a statement. He says the "sharp contro...
  • Additional F-16 to be Procured July 12 2019
      A day after Bulgaria’s Cabinet approved a deal with the US to buy eight F-16 fighter jets, the Bulgaria’s Ministry of Defence said that Bulgaria intended buying a further eight, paying in instalments. The deal approved by Bulgaria’s Cabinet on July 10 requires the approval of the National Assembly. If parliament's approval is received, four contracts covering the delivery of eight new aircraft and the training of pilots and ground staff will be signed. T...
  • Bulgaria Buys Eight F-16V Fighters from US
    Bulgaria Buys Eight F-16V Fighters from US July 10 2019
      Bulgaria announced today that it has reached an agreement to buy eight new-build Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets for its air force, Reuters reported from Sofia. The aircraft will cost $1.256 billion, and constitute Bulgaria’s biggest military acquisition since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. The new F-16s will replace the obsolete MiG-29 fighters currently operated by the Bulgarian air force. The Defence Secu...
  • Croatia Turns to Sweden, U.S. for Fighter Purchase
    Croatia Turns to Sweden, U.S. for Fighter Purchase May 24 2019
      After failing to secure second-hand F-16s from Israel, Croatia has approached Sweden and United States to buy new fighters, Defence Minister Damir Krsticevic said. Zagreb was close to striking a deal on buying a squadron of used and refitted F-16 fighter jets from Israel, but eventually Israel informed Croatia it could not sell the planes as it could not secure an approval from the United States. Israel’s F-16s are equipped with advanced systems that US allows...
  • 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 w...
  • Contradicting India's Claim: US Count Found No Pak F-16s Missing
    Contradicting India's Claim: US Count Found No Pak F-16s Missing April 5 2019
    The Indian government had said that a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet was shot down by the Indian Air Force in a dogfight on February 27. US. Foreign Policy Magazine has claimed that claim may not be true; “Did India Shoot Down a Pakistani Jet? U.S. Count Says No.” In a report quoting unnamed US defence officials. "Two senior US defence officials with direct knowledge of the situation told Foreign Policy that U.S. personnel recently counted Islamabad's F-16s and foun...
  • ASELSAN Protection for TF-X
    ASELSAN Protection for TF-X February 7 2019
    President of Defence Industry Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir made a statement from his personal twitter account regarding the electronic warfare unit which was put into use in f-16 warplanes. Referring to the work of ASELSAN, Dr. Demir said, “Our F-16s are safe with the integration of SPEWS-II Electronic Warfare (EH) Self-Protection System developed by ASELSAN. We will transfer our know-how from this and other projects to our TF-X.”
  • ASELSAN Provides Indigenous Protection to F-16s
    ASELSAN Provides Indigenous Protection to F-16s February 7 2019
    Defence Industry Presidency (Savunma Sanayii Başkanlığı /SSB) announced from its official twitter account that ASELSAN provides protection to F-16 fighter plane. ASELSAN’s electronic warfare system will protect the aircraft against anti-aircraft missiles and it is in use at 21 aircraft. SSB's announcement is as follows; “The tests for SPEWS-II Electronic Warfare (EH) Self-Protection System developed by ASELSAN have been successfully completed in order to protect our F-16 aircr...
  • Bulgarian Parliament Approved Purchase of Fighter F-16V Block 70
    Bulgarian Parliament Approved Purchase of Fighter F-16V Block 70 January 16 2019
    Bulgaria's parliament approved the government's plan to start talks with the United States on the purchase of eight new F-16 fighter jets in order to replace the country's aging, Soviet-made MiG-29 and to move closer to the standards set by the NATO. Some 130 lawmakers voted in favour of the plan of the centre-right government, led by Prime Minister Boyko Borissov while 84 deputies were against it, accusing the cabinet of breaching the tender rules. The deal fo...
  • Bulgaria’s PM Favours Buying the F-16
    Bulgaria’s PM Favours Buying the F-16 December 16 2018
    Bulgarian premier Boyko Borisov disclosed on Dec. 14 that he favours buying the F-16 to replace the country’s MiG-29s. Borisov was quoted as saying that he “heard from the pilots, a new F-16 is a significantly better aircraft than all the rest that are on offer.” Borisov spoke on December 14 before the second day of an EU summit in Sofia. Bulgaria has budgeted 900 million euros ($1 billion) for the purchase of at least eight fighter jets. ...
  • F-16 Block 70 Agreement Signed
    F-16 Block 70 Agreement Signed December 14 2018
    Lockheed Martin signed an agreement. With this, one more country become a F-16 Block 70/72 user. With a procurement agreement worth € 1.6 billion, Slovakia has finalized the purchase of F-16s. The agreement was signed at a ceremony attended by Slovak Defence Minister Peter Gajdoš and Lockheed Martin Vice President Ana Wugofski. Agreement covers a total of 14 aircraft, necessary equipment, logistic support and training activities for personnel. All of the platforms will b...
  • First F-16V Delivered
    First F-16V Delivered October 22 2018
    Taiwan has taken delivery of the first F-16V aircraft. Taiwan-based Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. has recently delivered the first modernized platform to the Taiwanese Air Force. The Taipei administration decided to upgrade the F-16 A/B Fighting Falcon in its inventory to F-16V. The country, which allocates a total of 4.56 billion USD budget for this program, has significantly strengthened the air power with modernization. The program is planned to be completed in 2023, whi...
  • Ancient EW Suite to Greece
    Ancient EW Suite to Greece September 27 2018
    Greece has decided to take action to respond to an important need of the Hellenic Air Force, albeit late. With this decision, an electronic warfare suite will be integrated into 60 F-16C / D Block 52+ aircraft belonging to Greece. The integration of the Greek F-16s with the electronic warfare protection system will be achieved after a long wait. Development phase of the ASPIS II system started in 1990, which was completed in 2003 and ready for integration,. The ASPIS II suite, consi...
  • Lockheed Martin Begins Greek F-16 Upgrade
    Lockheed Martin Begins Greek F-16 Upgrade September 15 2018
    Lockheed Martin announced that it will launch the upgrade of 85 Greek F-16 fighter jets with the Block 70/72 Viper system next Monday.  Lockheed Martin’s VP Business Development Initiatives in Europe Dennys Plessas made the announcement during a press conference in Thessaloniki. Plessas explained the timetable of the upgrade and said that “a great part of the upgrade will take place in Greece.”  The first two years will be spent on engineering f...
  • Romania to Procure Additional F-16's
    Romania to Procure Additional F-16's July 17 2018
    Romania plans to supply additional F-16 Fightin Falcon. Romanian Defence Minister Mihai Fifor announced that Romania plans to procure five additional F-16 from Portugal. Stating that the supply of 36 F-16s in the next period is also on the table, Fifor said that these aircraft could be procured from the USA, Israel or Greece. In October 2017, Romania received 12 F-16s from Portugal. F-16s procured from Portugal have a life span of 4,000 flight hours which wi...
  • Legislative Barrier for F-35
    Legislative Barrier for F-35 May 25 2018
    The first legislative barrier for the F-35 sales to Turkey emerged. The US House of Representatives approved the National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA) which regulates the framework of the annual $716 billion defence policy. Following in this development, Defence Minister was requested in the draft version prepared by the House of Representatives to prepare a report on the state of relations between Turkey and the suspension of the F-35 sales was suggested until the report was re...
  • KYSEA Approves F-16 Upgrade by US
    KYSEA Approves F-16 Upgrade by US May 2 2018
    According to Greek daily Kathimerini, Greece’s Council on Foreign Policy and Defence (KYSEA) unanimously approved the upgrade of 85 F-16 fighter jets by the US. The main obstacle to the deal was disagreements with US aerospace firm Lockheed Martin over the program’s launch date and the tight payment schedule.  The upgrade will concern 84 Block 52+ and Block 52+Adv aircraft, which will be upgraded to F-16V Block 72 standard with a Northrop Grumman APG-83 Scalabl...
  • Israel Offers F-16s to Colombia
    Israel Offers F-16s to Colombia April 10 2018
    Elbit Systems and Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) have offered to provide surplus Israeli Air Force’s (IAF’s) Lockheed Martin F-16A/B Netz and F-16C/D Barak fighters to Colombia, senior military sources have told Jane’s. The offer, which includes airframes that are held in storage and/or are soon to be retired, is aimed to fulfil a Colombian Air Force requirement for between 12 and 18 advanced combat aircraft to replace current IAI Kfirs. Before being handed ...
  • Eurasia Airshow, Opens its Doors
    Eurasia Airshow, Opens its Doors April 7 2018
    Seeking to establish a bridge between Europe and Asia in the area of aviation, Eurasia Airshow will take place for the first time in April 25-29, 2018.  To be organised at Antalya International Airport, the Airshow has the objective to create a new market in the area of military and civilian aviation. The event also plans to make the most of the advantage provided by its geostrategic location, which requires only three hours&rs...
  • Greenlight for Slovakia's F-16 Block 70 Request
    Greenlight for Slovakia's F-16 Block 70 Request April 6 2018
    Slovakia requested 14 F-16 Block 70/72 V configuration from the US under a Foreign Military Sales contract with an estimated cost of $2.91 billion. The Congress was notified of this possible sale on 3 April.  The country also requested up to 16 F-16 F110 General Electric or F100 Pratt & Whitney engines, 16 APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radars, 16 LN260 EGI Embedded Global Positioning System Inertial Navigation Systems (EGI) (MDE), 30 AIM-1...
  • Hürjet Missions Revealed
    Hürjet Missions Revealed February 16 2018
    Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TAI) shared the details of the Hürjet Project, which was launched on August 14, 2017 with the aim of developing jet trainers and light attack aircraft to meet the short-term needs of the Turkish Air Force as well as international market. Hürjet will replace 70 T-38 jet training aircraft in Turkish Air Force inventory for use in pilot training and support F-16s in close air support and combat missions. Hürjet ...
  • BAE Systems To Modernize UAE's F-16 HUDs
    BAE Systems To Modernize UAE's F-16 HUDs February 12 2018
    Lockheed Martin has selected BAE Systems to modernize the head-up displays on F-16s operated by the United Arab Emirates (UAE). A press release issued by the British aerospace company said work will see the aircraft’s analogue systems with advanced digital systems by using Digital Light Engine (DLE) technology to implement a HUD upgrade that integrates seamlessly into the F-16’s existing HUD space, requiring no changes to the aircraft, cabling, or computing. The advancem...
  • F-16 Support to Poland
    F-16 Support to Poland December 20 2017
    The US approved a $200 million contract to provide support for services for the Polish Air Force’s US-supplied fleet of F-16 combat aircraft, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement yesterday. Poland currently operates  36 Lockheed Martin F-16s and inked a contract worth $250 million for AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) in support of its F-16 fleet.  
  • Rise In The USD May Hit F-35s
    Rise In The USD May Hit F-35s December 3 2017
    The rising value of the USD in international markets could adversely affect the procurement plans for F-35 aircraft. The Dutch publisher NLTimes.nl wrote that the amount of F-35s to be purchased could be reduced. The site noted that the Dutch Ministry of Defence budget was limited and that the order for the last three of 37 F-35 aircraft ordered could therefore be canceled. The site, which included government correspondence in the Netherlands, wrote that the order was delayed to 2019 due to b...
  • Two Companies Shortlisted
    Two Companies Shortlisted November 29 2017
    Croatia’s Ministry of Defence has shortlisted Israel and Sweden for its tender to purchase 18 fighter jets for the country’s Air Force. Israel offers to supply the F-16D Barak aircraft while Sweden offers to deliver JAS 39 Gripen.  Last month, Croatia announced that four offers had been shortlisted; new F-16s from Lockheed Martin in the US, second-hand F-16s from Israel and Greece, and Saab's Gripen aircraft from Sweden. This latest announcem...
  • The Last F-16 Produced in Fort Worth
    The Last F-16 Produced in Fort Worth November 28 2017
    To make way for growing production of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter, Lockheed Martin is moving the F-16’s assembly line to Greenville, South Carolina. The last F-16 to be produced at the company's Fort Worth facility was for Iraqi Air Force.  Until now Lockheed has delivered 4,588 F-16s, including 3,620 built in Fort Worth. 
  • $1,6 Billion Upgrade for UAE's F-16s
    $1,6 Billion Upgrade for UAE's F-16s November 13 2017
    Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $1,6 billion contract with the UAE government to upgrade F-16 fighter jets. The UAE Armed Forces announced the deal on Sunday which covers upgrade of 80 aircraft.
  • Greece Wants F-16V
    Greece Wants F-16V October 18 2017
    The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Greece for an upgrade of F-16 aircraft to an F-16 Block V configuration. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on October 16, 2017. The Government of Greece has requested a possible purchase of an upgrade of its existing F-16 fleet to an F-16 Block V configuration. Greece currently employ...
  • Greece To Upgrade Its F-16s
    Greece To Upgrade Its F-16s October 13 2017
    Greece plans to upgrade its F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft fleet. The country allocated a $1,5 billion budget for the modernization programme. The upgrade work is estimated to be completed in seven years upon the signing of the relevant contract. The modernization will most probably cover all Fighting Falcon Block 50, Block 52 + and Block 52M aircraft. 
  • Bahrain Takes Action for F-16s
    Bahrain Takes Action for F-16s September 11 2017
    The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Bahrain for the upgrade of the country's 20 F-16 Block 40 aircraft to F-16V configuration with an estimated cost of $1,082 billion. Bahrain also requested nineteen new F-16V aircraft from the US, along with simulators, training, spare parts and maintenance support. The total estimated program cost is $2,785 billion. Another request issued by t...
  • Paris Withdrawn From Belgian Tender
    Paris Withdrawn From Belgian Tender September 8 2017
    France decided to withdraw from Belgian competition for the replacement of the country's F-16s, which has closed on 7 September. France was to offer Dassault Rafale for the Belgian tender. However, Paris had offered a more comprehensive deal instead, offering a military partnership including training, and industrial and technical cooperation between companies from both countries.  The French Defence Ministry said "this would help strengthen European...
  • Fifth Gen Radar Capability to F-16s
    Fifth Gen Radar Capability to F-16s June 9 2017
    The US Air Force (USAF) has chosen Northrop Grumman Corporation’s APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) as the active electronically scanned array (AESA) for its F-16 radar upgrade. Under the programme a total of 72 US Air National Guard F-16s will be upgraded which is to extend the operational viability and reliability of the F-16 and provide pilots with 5th generation fighter radar capabilities. APG-83 SABR can operate in hostile electronic en...
  • F-35 Solution For Extreme Weather
    F-35 Solution For Extreme Weather April 20 2017
    Norway has begun testing of the braking parachute for use on on its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35As on 16 April. The initial phase of the tests is being conducted at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB) in order to evaluate how the drogue parachute would function on dry and wet runways. The second phase, running until early 2018 at Eielson AFB in Alaska, will see the performance of parachute braking system on icy runways. All trials will be performed with test aircr...
  • The US F-16s Will See 2048
    The US F-16s Will See 2048 April 13 2017
    The US Air Force has authorized the extend of the service life of the F-16 fighters to 12,000 Equivalent Flight Hours and keep them in service until 2048 and beyond. According to Lockheed Martin's announcement on 12 April, the F-16 Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) will see some structural modifications which is to add 4,000 more hours to the aircraft’s original design service life when combined with avionics modernization programs, such a...
  • AESA Radar Integration Aboard F-16s Continue
    AESA Radar Integration Aboard F-16s Continue March 29 2017
    The US Air Force (USAF) announced on 24 March that the service proceeds with integration work of the active electronically scanned array (AESA) Northrop Grumman AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) aboard the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon. The service is now conducting developmental tests according to the announcement. SABR is able to be fitted without any major modifications to the structure of the aircraft. The first SABR equipped F-16 flew in 2010....