RSAF to Beef Up F-16 Upgrade

According to a Defence Security and Cooperative Agency (DSCA) press release dated 7th May 2015, the RSAF is looking to add on to their initial requirement for their F-16 Block 52 Upgrade Program. In this new requirement, worth $130 million, the RSAF is seeking to purchase: * denotes addition to previous requirements

50 Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System*

90 AN/APX-126 Advanced Identification Friend or Foe Interrogator/Transponders  *

150 LAU-129 Missile Launchers

8 KMU-572/B 500lbs Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) Tail Kits

9 KMU-556/B 2000lbs JDAM Tail Kits

2 FMU-152 Munition Fuze Units 10 MK-82 500lbs Inert Bombs

3 MK-84 2000lbs Inert Bombs

12 LN-260 Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation Systems (GPS/INS)*

20 GBU-39/B Small Diameter Bombs (SDB) 92 Link-16 Multifunctional Information Distribution System/ Low Volume Terminals (MIDS/LVT)

2 SDB Guided Test Vehicles DSU-38/40 Proximity Sensor for JDAM

891 Adaptor Group for Common Munitions Built-In-Test/Reprogramming Equipment, Encryption/Decryption devise

Notable purchase is the GBU-39/B Small Diameter Bombs , which will be new to the RSAF weapon inventory. This guided weapon is said to has a circular error probable (CEP) of 5–8 meters, and accuracy can be offset and improved by transmitting GPS data from a Link 16 aircraft. The huge Link-16 purchase will eventually see all RSAF aircraft to be fully fitted out and Linked up, in a network centric air force

Credit: Defence Industry Daily

Special mention to Mike Yeo from the Baseleg for clarification of some information.


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