Current F-16 Developments

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EPAWSS is not for export as much as we can guess. It's a different EW suites integrated with all US systems, including F-35s.
But I agree that key allies like Japan might get the opportunity since they are already cleared for the F-35
They already have. It was recently revealed that newly inclusion of EPAWSS in JSI upgrade program has been problematic and has become one of the reasons for major increase in cost of the whole program. Now they are reconsidering JSI program althogether because of it.
 

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Draken to get 12 (26 more as an option) ex-Dutch F-16s (soon to be retired airframe) :
I was surprised to realized how much aicraft Draken operates. Their fleet is larger than many air forces!
and despite that fleet, they have 0 Drakens!
 

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Wichita State University’s National Institute of Aviation Research, or NIAR, will create the digital twin for a projected cost of $27 million. The service intends to award a $19 million contract for the first phase of the effort by September, an Air Force Materiel Command spokesman said in response to questions from Defense News.

“Our goal is to create a full-scale 3D model of the aircraft, with the exception of the engine,” said 1st Lt. Connor Crandall, the program manager within the F-16 program office, which will oversee the digital twin effort. “The data will be used to help address future parts obsolescence and mitigate supply chain risks because we won’t have to rely on legacy manufacturing sources and processes. We’ll have the 3D models and designs that we can send to the manufacturers we choose.”

 

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“Resuming the production of F-16 wings is a continuation of a decades-long cooperation of manufacturing aerostructures for Lockheed Martin customers. The F-16 assembly line once again joins IAI's assembly center of excellence for the production of fighter aircraft wings. The center also produces F-35 wings along with T-38 wings for the American defense establishment.

 

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“We are very focused on reducing costs … for the F-16 and improving the product quality as we go,” he said. “This was part of Lockheed Martin's vision really to build a digital-based factory that works faster and smarter.”

The Air Force also plans to create a digital twin of the F-16 that will help improve sustainment and modernization efforts, Ulmer said.

“This effort really does help lay the foundation and the groundwork for a multitude of potential future efforts relative to F-16 digital engineering,” Ulmer said.

 

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Leonardo expects the BriteCloud Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) programme to open doors for US sales of the countermeasure.

Leonardo has revealed that BriteCloud expendable active decoy Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT), led by the US Office of the Secretary of Defense, should soon see the countermeasure transition to a programme of record.
The FCT line of effort dates back to May 2019 when a BriteCloud 218 fitted into a 2x8x1in form factor was selected to undergo testing with US Air National Guard F-16 fighter jets.

Representatives from Leonardo’s Luton facility have already supported BriteCloud training for the national guard, covering areas like programming and launch trajectory, according to Mark Hamilton, managing director, Electronics, at Leonardo UK.

 

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Honesty, focusing on Erdogan today to assess this sale would be probably an error: the delivery of the first plane might well outlast his reign.
 

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Some more details on the Turkish sales:

Speaking to reporters [...], Erdogan said Turkey wants a return for its investment in the F-35 programme and that talks on the issue are ongoing.

"There is the payment of $1.4 billion we have made for the F-35s and the U.S. had such a proposal in return for these payments," Erdogan said.


"And regarding this, we said let's take whatever steps are needed to be taken to meet the defence needs of our country," he said, adding that the new F-16 jets would help develop its fleet.

 

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