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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

BAE to Provide Avionics Upgrades for South Korea’s F-16s

BAE Systems will provide avionics upgrades for South Korea’s fleet of F-16 aircraft, the company announced Monday.

The upgrades will include systems engineering and integration, software and electronics engineering, obsolescence management and logistics support, BAE said. The work will be performed through a contract with the U.S. Department of Defense Foreign Military Sales program.

BAE did not disclose the financial terms of the contract, but the company estimates that the total estimated addressable market for F-16 avionics upgrades is valued at greater than $3 billion for more than 3,000 F-16 aircraft globally.

“This is a strategic international win for us, significantly expanding our aircraft upgrade and modification business,” said Dave Herr, president of BAE Systems Support Solutions. “We have extensive capabilities that span across BAE Systems, and I am confident that our team offers the best value to the customer.”

The avionics upgrade package will include the commercial fire control computer, which has the highest throughput of any mission computer designed for an F-16, according to BAE.

“This selection further demonstrates that we are a leading provider of integration, avionics and mission computers for F-16s, and we will continue to offer our capability to customers across the globe,” said Gordon Eldridge, vice president and general manager of BAE Support Solutions.

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