Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Corp. has been awarded a modification to a previously awarded contract for automatic ground collision avoidance system F-16 integration, to include development, testing and integration on 34 F-16 Block 52 C/D model aircraft for the government of Iraq.
The contract, worth $16.2 million, was awarded by U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center located in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
The contract work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas; and Balad Air Base, Iraq, with an expected completion date of May 13, 2020.
F-16 Fighting Falcon
General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon is a single-engine supersonic multirole fighter aircraft originally developed by General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin) for the U.S. Air Force (USAF).
Designed as an air superiority day fighter, it evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft. Over 4,500 aircraft have been built since production was approved in 1976.
The Fighting Falcon’s key features include a frameless bubble canopy for better visibility, side-mounted control stick to ease control while maneuvering, a seat reclined 30 degrees to reduce the effect of g-forces on the pilot, and the first use of a relaxed static stability/fly-by-wire flight control system which helps to make it a nimble aircraft.
The F-16 has an internal M61 Vulcancannon and 11 locations for mounting weapons and other mission equipment.
The F-16’s official name is “Fighting Falcon”, but “Viper” is commonly used by its pilots and crews, due to a perceived resemblance to a viper snake as well as the Colonial Viperstarfighter on Battlestar Galactica.
In addition to active duty for U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserve Command, and Air National Guard units, the aircraft is also used by the USAF aerial demonstration team, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, and as an adversary/aggressor aircraft by the U.S. Navy.
The F-16 has also been procured to serve in the air forces of 25 other nations. As of 2015, it is the world’s second most numerous military aircraft and the most numerous airplane in service.