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 F-16A/B upgrades

f-16v-cockpitF-16V cockpit with the 6×8-inch centre pedestal display

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. @ainonline.com


Northrop Grumman APG-83 radar

hero_SC-10151APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) @northropgrumman.com

Unlike traditional mechanically scanned radars, SABR’s electronic scanning eliminates the need for moving parts. The single, consolidated line-replaceable unit contains the receiver, exciter, and process functions. Solid-state electronics foster three- to five-times greater reliability versus current fire-control radar systems. Electronically scanned beams accelerate area searches, resulting in earlier and longer range target detections and tracking. This also ensures rapid target updates and enables interleaved mode operations for greater mission effectiveness, situational awareness, and survivability.

SABR utilizes a larger-area, high-definition, synthetic aperture radar capability named “BIG SAR.” This alternative mode provides pilots with detailed target areas and digital map displays that can be precisely tailored. This, too, enables greater situational awareness, as well as more flexibility and quicker all-weather targeting. (Lockheed Martin)


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