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IDFAF launches F-16C/D upgrade program

May 12, 2009 (by Asif Shamim) - Flightglobal reports that the Israeli air force plans to upgrade its F-16C/D aircraft to the 'Barak 2020' upgrade package so this portion of fleet can serve till 2020.

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Upgrades will give almost the same level of avionics equipment as that of the latest F-16I block 52+ Soufa ("Storm") in service.

The modernization comes after a long test period with the new upgrade suite being installed on a test F-16D Brakeet ("Thunderbolt"), which was operated to the extremes.

IDFAF officials say the upgrades will boost interoperability and facilitate integration of new weapons packages between its fleet of approximately 124 F-16C/D's and 101 F-16I's.

Under Peace Marble II, the IDFAF was supplied with 75 late-model F-16C/D's (block 30), the first F-16C of which arrived in October 1987 and the first F-16D was received on December 21, 1987.

Following the cancellation of the indigenous Lavi fighter project in May of 1988, a follow-on order was placed under Peace Marble III agreement for 60 F-16C/D block 40 aircraft (30 F-16C's, 30 F-16D's), plus an option for another 15 aircraft. The first of these jets arriving back in August 1991.


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IDFAF F-16D block 30 #666 from 105 sqn is seen taking off from Cold Lake during Maple Flag on June 9th, 2005. [Photo by Karen Justl]

A number of IDFAF F-16C & D's are ready to roll on the runway. [IDFAF photo]