CCIP upgrade for USAFE F-16s by HAI Tanagra

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Unread post24 Apr 2008, 23:32

In the topic "Spangdahlem (ETAD/SPM) - 2008" of the Scramble Messageboard at www.scramble.nl on April 24, 2008, an user posted:

User 1 wrote:Some 52 FW Vipers are currently detatchet at Aviano. They are flying with 510th FS c/s, so I believe they are "on loan" to the Buzzards because they have a dozen of F-16 at HAI Tanagra for CCIP up-date.
Noted so far 90-0833, 91-0361, 92-3918 plus one at least.


In the same topic another user posted already on March 22, 2008:

User 2 wrote:From what I've heard and from the official HAI press releases all USAFE Vipers will eventually visit Tanagra. Here's what I have noted down as currently (March 21st, 2008) in:

87-0355 F-16C AV

88-0413 F-16C AV
88-0435 F-16C AV
88-0443 F-16C AV
88-0444 F-16C AV
88-0525 F-16C AV

89-2009 F-16C AV
89-2046 F-16C AV
89-2057 F-16C AV
89-2102 F-16C AV
89-2137 F-16C AV

90-0709 F-16C AV
90-0796 F-16D AV

91-0407 F-16C SP
91-0481 F-16D SP


Related to that, on the website of Hellenic Aerospace Industry S.A. I found the following company news:

HAI wrote:20-03-2008 : HAI DELIVERS THE 1ST F-16 AIRCRAFT TO USAF AFTER COMPLETION OF ITS STRUCTURAL UPGRADING WITHIN THE CCIP PROGRAM

The 1st F-16 aircraft that has undergone structural upgrade by Hellenic Aerospace Industry based on the CCIP/STAR program was delivered today to the United States Air Force during a ceremony that was held at the company facilities in Tanagra.

The ceremony was attended by representatives of political and military authorities, representatives of U.S. Embassy Greece, representatives of the U.S Government headed by the Deputy Commander Defence Contract Management Agency Mr. Steve Trautwein, the USAFE Representative and Chief of Aircraft Maintenance Colonel Dorothy Silvanic, officials of the U.S. Air Force and officials of the US Hill Air Force Base, Yutah headed by the Deputy Director Mrs. Dawn Sutton, representatives of the defense cooperation office headed by the office Commander Mr. Steve Boukedes, representatives of Lockheed Martin Aero.

In his speech during the Ceremony the Chairman of the Board of HAI, Mr. Kyriakos Linakis underlined among others that: «Today HAI is delivering the first of the 94 aircraft. HAI is committed to work under the same consistency and professionalism until the program is completed, and at the same time keep its focus on becoming one of the most competitive and productive companies in the field. I believe that HAI being the largest defense and aerospace company in the country is performing well according to the program specifications and is well prepared to cope with future challenges in the world market».

The HAI CEO, Mr Tassos Philippakos in his speech stated that: «The CCIP/STAR program award to HAI placed the company at the lead of international competition, considering the fact that more European companies had submitted proposals, seeking to win the contract. Within just the first six months after the award of the contract, all the necessary aircraft inductions and preparation work was completed. It was a titanic effort, which required new infrastructure, new processes, special training and also considerable investment. HAI has met all the strict and time pressing contractual schedule requirements and with its excellent quality performance, HAI proved that it does deserve the confidence shown even by its most demanding customers.
It also proved that it is worthy of the U.S. Air Force recognition as the latter’s most competitive and effective partner engaged in the implementation of this particularly demanding effort. We will move ahead with the implementation of the program until the very last day of its completion keeping the same pace, the same reliability, the same quality».

Speaking on behalf of the Defence Contract Management Agency Mr. Steve Trautwein, Deputy Coomander of DCMA Southern Europe Mr. Steve Trautwein stated that: «DCMA is especially pleased with the sound policies, procedures and processes put in place by HAI in time to enable a level of confidence on a par with other world class aerospace facilities. HAI should be proud of their accomplishments and today’s ceremony is fitting recognition of your efforts

The USAFE representative, Colonel Dorothy Silvanic addressed the event stating that: «We are the grateful recipients of the efforts of Hellenic Aerospace Industry as you perform the Falcon Star and CCIP modifications on USAFE’s F-16 aircraft. There was a tremendous amount of hard work on the part of HAI and System Program Office at Hill Air Force Base and it is wonderful to see that hard work pays dividends.

The U.S. Hill Air Force Base, Yutah representative Mrs. Dawn Sutton also addressed the event stating that: «HAI did an outstanding job, accomplishing this complex modification, on an aggressive time schedule”.

The scope of the Common Configuration Implementation Program / STAR program involves the structural and avionics upgrading of 94 USAFE F-16 fighter aircraft and it was awarded to HAI in April 2007.
This is one of the most important contracts won by HAI, since apart from contributing to the company’s gaining additional international recognition of the excellent quality of its services and products and increasing its momentum within the defense and aerospace market, it is also benefits from positioning HAI for the extensive up grade market world wide and from the enhanced technical know-how and infrastructure with additional facilities, through which the company is strengthening its competitiveness and better placing itself as a reliable partner within the global market.

During the program implementation HAI had all the necessary valuable support of Lockheed Martin AERO. Lockheed Martin had also financed the construction of HAI’s Dry Stripping Factory which was inaugurated on January 2008. The Dry Stripping Factory is one of the largest infrastructures which where created on the occasion of this program and they will be useful for other program as well.

Keeping the same pace, the same reliability and the same quality performance, HAI will move ahead with the CCIP program implementation until its contractual completion date in 2013.

Source: http://www.haicorp.com/html/en/en-index.htm


Anybody (including Scramble people) who can/will help us to watch and document this process? The F-16.net Team would be very grateful for any support!
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Unread post24 Apr 2008, 23:36

Article posted on this site as HAI Delivers 1st F-16 to USAF after CCIP upgrade

The first airframe handed over after the upgrade was F-16D block 50 #91-0474 from 23 FS as seen in this photo.
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Unread post24 Apr 2008, 23:50

...officials of the U.S. Air Force and officials of the US Hill Air Force Base, Yutah headed by the Deputy Director Mrs. Dawn Sutton...
:lol: "Yutah"? Ah well...they almost got it...
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Unread post25 Apr 2008, 00:36

Hey, guy! Forget it! That should be simply a typo in Greek English... But the facts are O.K. - and very helpful! Special thanks to Asif for posting the photo!
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Unread post25 Apr 2008, 05:11

Sorry for being such a noob, but is it possible to further upgrade some of the CCIPs with a DAGR type radar upgrade, or is it too late to change the schedule and procurement, etc. It just seems crazy that the USAF wants so many of these aircraft flying for over a decade and now with a standard AESA on the shelf, it's not part of the deal?

Or is it truly not that tactical an improvement to spend cash on such a system over the current? Thanks for any viewpoints.
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Unread post25 Apr 2008, 07:55

Noted some newer pictures of #91-0474 back at Spang earlier this month.


Lt. Col. Doug 'Stoli' Nikolai, 22nd FS commander, and CMSgt. Vance Clarke, 52nd FW command chief, prepare for a flight in F-16D block 50 #91-0474 from the 23rd FS on April 1st, 2008. The flight was part of a program to help senior leaders gain a better understanding of the base operations. [USAF photo by SrA. Logan Tuttle]


Lt. Col. Doug 'Stoli' Nikolai, 22nd FS commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Vance Clarke, 52nd FW command chief, prepare for a flight in F-16D block 50 #91-0474 from the 23rd FS on April 1st, 2008. The incentive flight was part of a program to help senior leaders gain a better understanding of the base operations. [USAF photo by SrA. Logan Tuttle]
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Unread post25 Apr 2008, 07:58

Gawd, that Have Glass has just ruined the "look" of those airframes :(
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Unread post29 Apr 2008, 08:00

Thought the CCIP was completed long ago for all the 52FW Vipers?
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Unread post02 May 2008, 20:33

The Block 50's at Spang have had CCIP for many years. They are going to Tanagra for Falcon Star - a structural upgrade.

There will be block 40's from Avaino going for the completion of CCIP....


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Unread post24 Dec 2010, 12:52

The last Block 40 (#89-2039) from Aviano being handed over after STAR/CCIP upgrade.
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Unread post26 Dec 2010, 12:33

Gawd, that Have Glass has just ruined the "look" of those airframes Sad


Is that just on Spang birds?
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Unread post26 Dec 2010, 23:32

All - or nearly all - block 50/52's have received the Have Glass treatment. Gives us modellers a hell of a time, but supposedly good effect military wise ;)

Italian ADF's also received the treatment - yet to see it on Block 40/42's though!
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Unread post27 Dec 2010, 05:25

The Hill Block40s had Have Glass a LONG time ago (late 90s when I was there) if I recall correctly...

I did a NATO inspection at Tanagra in Oct 09 (scans of the patches I got are attached) and saw the HAI maintenance facility but had no idea there were US Vipers being upgraded. There was an MI-28 helicopter waiting to be repaired as well as the P-3s you can see in the background of the photo above.

Interesting that HAI is CCIPing the USAFE birds on two fronts. First that it's NOT being done at Hill (it would be intriguing to see the cost difference.) Second, Tanagra is a Mirage-2000-5 base. It would be equally intriguing to see how the US (and for that matter France) ensure no "leakage" of airframe/system specific data...
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Unread post27 Dec 2010, 09:46

Have Glass started appearing after the turn of the century, firstly on Block 50 units
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Unread post27 Dec 2010, 23:18

None of the overseas birds were CCIP'd at Hill, they all used contractors. As for the leakage, active duty personnel are stationed at the location to declass and reclass them for the contractors.
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