Lockheed-Martin has been awarded a $87 million contract for the supply of
upgrade kits to a squadron of 17 F-16A/B aircraft recently transferred to the
Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) from the United States.
The upgrade kits contract is valued at $87 million and will add modern warfare
capabilities to the F-16A/Bs currently operated by Jordan. Basically, these
upgrade kits will add the Mid Life Update (MLU) program capabilities previously
performed on the F-16A/Bs operated by five European Air Forces known as EPAF and
totaling around 400 aircraft.
The MLU upgrade kit provides enhancements to the cockpit, avionics, sensors and
weapons. The modernization kit also improves the whole system reliability and
supportability. Moreover, thanks to this upgrade kit future software upgrades
will be available through the common M-series F-16 software upgrades program
being implemented by the US Air Force and EPAF countries. This effort will boost
RJAF interoperability with other users of modern F-16s.
1997 and 1998 Jordan received its first 16 F-16A/B Fighting Falcon aircraft
under Peace Falcon I program. The 17 aircraft to be modified are ex-USAF Block
15 F-16A/B Air Defense Fighters (ADFs) with eight aircraft delivered in 2003
under Peace Falcon II program. The other nine aircraft are in storage in the
The upgrade kit also includes Falcon UP and Falcon STAR structural upgrades,
which will extend the airframe service life up to 8,000 flight hours. With
typical flight rates, these aircraft could remain in service until 2025-2030.
The Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for this Foreign Military Sale (FMS)
upgrade program was signed in January this year. Modification kits deliveries
will begin in the spring of 2006 and will continue through the spring of 2008.
Modification work will be carried out from mid-2006 through mid-2009. A brief
flight test program will be conducted in late summer 2006 to demonstrate
upgraded F-16s work as planned.
The contract was officially awarded to Lockheed-Martin September 30. Kits
components will be produced in the United States and Europe, while installation
will be performed at TAI facilities in Ankara, Turkey, and a base to be named in
On this issue, Israel has expressed major concerns to the United States about
the sale of F-16 aircraft and possible related items such as the AMRAAM missile
to Jordan that eventually could pose a threat.
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