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Taiwanese F-16s upgrade to include HARM
The US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center has awarded a maximum $138 million sole-source FMS modification to Lockheed Martin, in connection with the Peace Phoenix Rising 2 programme for Taiwan.
Lockheed Martin will provide automatic ground-collision avoidance technology and the Raytheon AGM-88 High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM), as well as improved radar software, an updated data acquisition system and advanced IFF for the Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) F-16A/B Block 20 MLU programme.
Work will be performed in the US and Taiwan for completion by 30 September 2022.
The MLU will see the ROCAF upgrade its 141-aircraft F-16A/B Block 20 fleet to the F-16V standard.
According to Shephard Defence Insight, the total number of F-16V aircraft in service in Taiwan will eventually reach 208.
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