Multiple F-16 Upgrades Repackaged Into $6.3 Billion Project

US Air Force F-16s

The U.S. Air Force has repackaged a series of upgrades for 608 Lockheed Martin F-16s into a single modernization program worth $6.3 billion, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center said on March 1. 

The Post-Block Integration Team (PoBIT) project has assembled 22 modifications for all Block 40/42 and 50/52 jets that will be retained after F-16s delivered in Lots 32 and below are retired. 

The upgrades include the Northrop Grumman APG-83 active electronically scanned array radar, an improved mission computer, a high-speed data network and a new Northrop electronic warfare suite. 

The PoBIT will be managed under the program executive office for Fighters and Advanced Aircraft, the Air Force says. 

The upgrades will be rolled out over several years to aircraft based at 18 locations under six major commands. 

 “We had to quickly look at all of the mods that are going on the aircraft and not only understand the timing of when the mods are going to deliver, but also when the aircraft will be available from the units,” says said Oryan Joseph, the Air Force’s F-16 upgrades program manager. 

Steve Trimble

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