The governments of the
Lockheed Martin will be the principal contractor for the program, which will create a common avionics configuration for
“This program is based on a similar approach by the US Air Force; therefore, much of the design and development effort has already been accomplished, and our task will be to address unique aspects of the Turkish configuration,” commented June Shrewsbury, vice president, F-16 programs.
The Turkish configuration includes new core avionics processors, the Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System, advanced interrogator/transponders, integrated precision navigation and compatibility with a number of new weapons and targeting systems.
“The commonality with the F-16s of the USAF and other allies allows for interoperability in coalition operations as well as logistics advantages,” said
The estimated LOA value includes components provided by the worldwide F-16 supplier team. The estimated value of Lockheed Martin’s portion is about $800 million, and tasks include technical assistance for kit installation, upgrades to pilot training systems, logistics support and training.