Turkey to upgrade F-16 fleet
26 Apr 2005
US and Turkish government officials signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for the systems upgrade of Turkish F-16 aircraft at an estimated value of $1.1 billion.
The FMS program, titled Peace Onyx III, will upgrade Turkey's Block 40 and Block 50 aircraft to a common avionics configuration. Modifications will include the APG-68(V)9 multimode radar, colored displays, new core avionics processors, Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System, Link 16 datalink, and compatibility with moderns weapons.
The LOA clears the way for contract negotiations with the industry participants. Lockheed Martin is the principal contractor for the program, a contract is expected to be sign in July. Kit installation will be performed by TUSAS Aerospace Industries in Turkey.
- Lockheed Martin