Taiwan’s F-16A/B upgrade programme on schedule for 2017 start

Gavin Phipps, TaipeiIHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

17 May 2016

Taiwan’s Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) has said the upgrade programme for the Republic of China Air Force’s (RoCAF’s) fleet of F-16A/Bs will begin on schedule in early 2017.

The company said on 7 May it is currently building a hangar large enough to ensure that 24 aircraft per year can be updated.

Taiwan is seeking to upgrade its entire fleet of 144 F-16A/Bs by 2022. While most of the aircraft will be upgraded at AIDC’s facility in Taichung, central Taiwan, some of the fighters will be shipped to the US for Lockheed Martin to carry out the upgrade.

When completed, the upgrade programme will see all of Taiwan’s F-16A/Bs fitted with Northrop Grumman’s APG-83 active electronically scanned array (AESA) fire-control radar, a 6×8-inch centre pedestal display, and an upgraded mission computer.

Original post janes.com

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Taiwan’s Force Modernization: The American Side

Taiwan F-16A/B upgrades

Elbit Systems of America provided more detail on the center pedestal display (CPD) that it is providing to Lockheed Martin for the F-16V upgrade. Along with a new AESA radar, the CPD is a key element of the upgrade, which is proceeding for 150 Taiwanese F-16A/Bs, while the U.S.

The CPD replaces old electro-mechanical instruments, improving the presentation of data and reducing pilot workload, according to Elbit. It also provides a high-resolution display for sensor imagery and for tactical situational awareness, and provides emergency backup to flight instruments if the air data computer should fail. Elbit embedded the air data module into theCPD, allowing it to connect with the existing infrastructure of the F-16. Source ainonline.com

F-16V Fighter – Upgrade: Details

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