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South Korea to benefit from F-16 upgrades via FMS

31st March 2020 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US State Department has approved a potential FMS for an upgrade to Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) F-16 Block 32 aircraft with Mode 5 IFF and Link 16 Tactical Datalink.

The contract for Lockheed Martin is worth an estimated $194 million.

Included as part of the agreement are ARC-238 radios, AN/APX-126 Combined Interrogator Transponders, Joint Mission Planning (JMPS) upgrades, KY-58M secure voice module, Simple Key Loader (SKL) crypto fill devices, Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory (PMEL), aircraft ferry support, training, Computer Programme Identification Number System (CPINS), flight manuals, flight tests, integration support and test equipment.

Furthermore, the US government will supply contractors helping with technical, logistical and engineering support.

The upgrade will ensure the interoperability of the ROKAF F-16 fleet with US forces. 

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