Magazine article National Defense

Rejuvenated F-16s Receive New Displays, Mission Computer, Digital Terrain System

Magazine article National Defense

Rejuvenated F-16s Receive New Displays, Mission Computer, Digital Terrain System

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During the next quarter century--or until the Air Force fields its next-generaon combat aircraft-about 50 percent of the service's multirole fighter force will consist of F-16 Fighting Falcons.

For Fiscal Year 1998, the Pentagon asked Congress for$100 million to upgrade the F-16 fleet The House, but not the Senate, voted for a $66 million increase in order to fund the purchase of three new aircraft. Differences between the two spending bills were still being deliberated at press time.

For the fiscal year that just ended, the Air Force ordered six F-16s, which will be delivered by prime contractor Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems, Fort Worth, Texas, in 2000. The F-16 was first fielded in 1979.

In an effort to insert new technology into the program, the Air Force recently agreed to incorporate color multifunction displays, a new modular mission computer, a digital terrain system and other advanced equipment in the F-16Cs that will be produced with funds appropriated last fiscal year.

The color displays, digital terrain system, and modular mission computer were originally developed as part of the F-16A/B mid-life update program for four European air forces, said a Lockheed Martin spokesman. …

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