Lockheed Martin pushes ahead with upgraded F-16V

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Lockheed Martin has received over 300 upgrade request for AESA radar-equipped F-16V according to Randall Howard, head of F-16 Business Development. The customers include South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore.

The upgrade includes SABR electronically scanned radar, as well as a new 6 by 8 inch center pedestal display, a Link 16 data link, enhanced data processing and a Sniper advanced targeting pod.

Lockheed Martin has chosen the Northrop Grumman radar over its competitor, Raytheon, as the designated radar for the F-16V. The new radar offers multiple target tracking, synthetic aperture, ground moving target indication, and greater reliability than a mechanical radar.

Possible future customers including Greece, Turkey and Egypt.