Denmark to Enhance its F-16s Capabilities

Released on Wednesday, July 21, 2004
AIM-9X Sidewinder
F-16A Fighting Falcon
GBU-16 Paveway II
GBU-24 Paveway III
GPS - Global Positioning System
The Royal Danish Air Force's F-16s will undergo a promising enhancement of its capabilities by installation of EADS' MILDS F missile warning system and the addition of advanced weaponry such as the Raytheon's AIM-9X missile and the Raytheon's Enhanced Paveway II bomb to its weapon system.

On 19 July 2004, Denmark signed a contract with Raytheon for the production of Enhanced Paveway II bomb guidance kits under a direct commercial sale. No further details on the Enhanced Paveway II (EP2 or EGBU-10/12/16) sale to Denmark have been disclosed yet with deliveries beginning in April 2005.

The Royal Danish Air Force currently operates the Paveway II and Paveway III bombs. The EP2 bomb features a duel seeker consisting of GPS- and laser-based guidance systems. The GPS guidance system enables EP2 to operate in adverse weather conditions. Almost half of weapons used by the United Kingdom during the recent military campaigns in Afghanistan (Enduring Freedom 2001) and Iraq (Iraqi Freedom 2003) were EP2s with excellent scoring.

On 21 July 2004, Denmark and the US Navy executed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance paving the way for the manufacture and delivery of the AIM-9X air-to-air missile to the Royal Danish Air Force. Denmark becomes the fourth AIM-9X international operator alongside South Korea, Poland and Switzerland and the United States as well.

On 20 July 2004, EADS and Danish TERMA A/S were awarded a contract by Denmark for development, manufacture and integration of MILDS missile warning system adapted for fighter aircraft. The MILDS F is optimized against shoulder-launched infrared-guided missiles.

The 30 AN/AAR-60(V)2 MILDS F passive, UV imaging sensor, low false alarm rate missile warning system ordered by Denmark will be installed on the F-16 fighter aircraft. The warning system will be integrated into a pylon and linked to the Danish F-16's AN/ALQ-213 electronic warfare management system.


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