17 Jul '17, 1pm

Turkish F-16 jets to get structural upgrades

ANKARA, Turkey — A batch of 35 Turkish F-16 Block 30 fighter jets will undergo structural and avionic upgrades, Turkish aerospace sources have said. A batch of 25 aircraft will be upgraded jointly by Tusas Turkish Aerospace Industries, or TAI, as well as Lockheed Martin, maker of the F-16, they noted. The remaining 10 aircraft will be upgraded at an Air Force support and maintenance unit in Eskisehir in Central Anatolia. Deliveries of the modernized aircraft will begin in 2018 and be completed by the end of 2023, officials said. The F-16s are the backbone of the Turkish fleet. In 2015, the Turkish Air Force received the last of a batch of F-16 fighter jets, which underwent a comprehensive upgrade. In 2011, the Turkish and U.S. governments signed a letter of offer and acceptance for the $1.1 billion modernization of 117 Turkish Air Force F-16s to a common avionics configura...

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