The Indonesian air force has conducted the maiden flight of an upgraded Lockheed Martin F-16A fighter.

The project involved Lockheed, air force technicians, and local contractor Indonesian Aerospace (also known as PTDI), the service says.

Source: Indonesian air force

Maiden flight of Indonesia's first upgraded F-16A

The jet (TS-1610) underwent Lockheed’s Falcon Star mid-life upgrade, which extends its service life to 8,000h, from 4,000h.

The air force says the upgrade also updated its avionics and radar.

Cirium fleets data shows that TS-1610 is 29.4 years old. Overall, 10 F-16A/B Block 15 aircraft will receive the upgrades.

In addition to its A/B-model examples, Jakarta operates 23 F-16C/Ds.