This article was first published in Defencegreece
In the following month Greece will receive the response from the LoR towards Locheed Martin for the upgrade of its F-16 fleet to the latest Viper level. The upgrade program is structured in a modular way with various options for the different block 30/50/52/52+ Adv which are currently in service with the Hellenic Airforce.
The main goal is to upgrade almost the whole fleet to a common level including the avionics, telecommunication equipment like Link 16 and a new APX-126 IFF interogator, the sensors (radar and IRST pods), the compatible weapons ( HARM, JDAM, JSOW, JSM as option) while structural upgrading the airframes and repairing and overhauling current engines installed.
Due to the existence of the block 52+ and block 52+ Advanced versions which were aqcuired after 2000 there is a tendency to upgrade those latest Peace Xenia III and IV aircrafts to the Viper level and re-use most of the existing parts like the APG-68V9 radar and the avionics to upgrade the older fleet of blk 50 and blk 30 aircrafts.
Hellenic Airforce F-16 inventory comprise of the following: (περισσότερα…)