Chile F-16 upgrade

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Unread post23 Jul 2020, 22:42

WASHINGTON — The U.S. State Department has cleared Chile to purchase modernization upgrades for its F-16 fleet, with a potential $634.70 million price tag.

Chile currently operates 46 F-16s. That include 10 Block 50 models purchased in the early 2000s, as well as 36 older models bought second-hand from the Netherlands. Reports that Chile would look to upgrade their existing F-16 fleet first emerged in 2017, but final details had not been made public. Analysts have also speculated that Chile may look to buy a small number of new F-16s to supplement its fleet.

The upgrades included in this potential sale include 19 Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS); six inert MK-82 (500LB) general purpose bomb bodies; two MXU-650KB Air Foil Groups (AFG); 44 LN-260 Embedded GPS/INS (EGI) and 49 Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radios (MIDS JTRS).

Also included are avionics equipment and software upgrades, new radios, upgraded IFF transponders, secure communications equipment and other parts. It is not clear from the announcement how many of Chile’s jets will receive the upgrades, although the 19 JHMCS helmets included in the package may provide a clue. ... -upgrades/



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Unread post26 Jul 2020, 09:40

Chile already operate JHMCS on their F-16A/B MLU fleet, so the helmets are likely replenishment more than anything.

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