The Boeing has been awarded a modification to a previously awarded contract for QF-16 full-scale aerial target (FSAT) Lot 5B.
The contract modification, valued around $11 million, is awarded by U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) located at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
The contract work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri, with an estimated completion date of April 27, 2021.
The QF-16 full-scale aerial target (FSAT) was developed by Boeing for the U.S. Air Force (USAF). It is a modified platform of the ageing F-16 aircraft, retired from the service of the USAF. The FSAT enables the US war fighters to evaluate newly developed weapons and tactics.
The QF-16 will replace the current QF-4 FSAT fleet and will act as a fourth-generation airborne target representing today’s airborne threats. It will also support the evaluation of fielded air-to-air missile (AAM) capabilities, while offering live missile training for combat air crews.
On 22 April 2010, the first F-16 to be converted to an aerial target arrived at Boeing’s facility at Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida. On 19 July 2017, the first QF-16 was shot down during a Combat Archer Weapons System Evaluation Program (WSEP) exercise.