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Indonesia rolls out first F-16A eMLU fighter

17th April 2020 - 01:00 GMT | by Chen Chuanren in Singapore


The Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) has unveiled its first F-16A enhanced Midlife Upgrade (eMLU) aircraft, with upgrades carried out locally by PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) under Lockheed Martin supervision.

It performed its maiden flight on 18 February, flown by a Lockheed Martin test pilot, while the official rollout took place on 9 April to celebrate the 74th anniversary of the TNI-AU.

Known as the Falcon Star programme, the modifications see installation of an updated APG-68(V)9 radar with synthetic aperture capability, certification of the AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder missile, AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM, GBU-54 laser JDAM, AN/AAQ-33 Sniper Targeting Pod and provisions for

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Chen Chuanren


Chen Chuanren

Chen Chuanren is Shephard’s Singapore correspondent, covering primarily land and sea systems. He served in …

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