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FARNBOROUGH: Lockheed selects BAE for F-16 computer upgrade

BAE Systems will supply new flight control computers potentially to upgrade Lockheed Martin F-16s operated by the UAE, the company announces today.

Lockheed selected BAE to supply the Digital Flight Control Computer for the fly-by-wire, single-engined fighter.

The initial order covers design, flight test and certification of the new computers, with a follow-on production order of 100 systems expected in 2020 and 2021.

Further orders could be signed under the current agreement to supply flight control computers for upgrades and “potential new builds of F-16s”, BAE says.

Bahrain has placed an order for the F-16 Block 70 to restart Lockheed’s assembly line, which is being moved to Greenville, South Carolina. Lockheed also is marketing the aircraft to the Indian military.

A total of up 315 units could be ordered for F-16s through 2028, BAE says.

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