New Landing Gear required for Avionics Upgrade

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Unread post04 Mar 2013, 22:25

New to the site and forum as a result of a job switch and had a question regarding "heavy" vs "light" landing gear. Both the South Korea and Republic of China have contracted for avionics upgrades; none of the literature I have seen surrounding these efforts discusses the landing gear requirements. Do the landing gear or related components need to be retrofitted or accommodated to support either initiative?
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Unread post05 Mar 2013, 00:36

In those specific cases I don't believe so.

IIRC, the ROK jets are Block 52s anyway which should already have the heavy-weight gear. The ROC jets are essentially factory-built A/B model MLUs with a lot of Block 5X commonality. So chances are they too have a heavy-weight gear. Any upgrade to either prolly won't require a gear change.
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Unread post05 Mar 2013, 01:56

Taiwan jets do NOT currently have heavy weight gear.

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Unread post05 Mar 2013, 05:33

I vaguely remember johnwill (retired General Dynamics flight structural engineer) commenting on this, and correcting me with regard to which block was which.

The F-16C structural changes didn't come until later blocks. The F-16 Block 40s had stronger and lengthened undercarriage to support LANTIRN pods and other enhancements.

@Link16Simdude: The Taiwanese jets were built as F-16A 20s but basically the same structurally and avionics wise a F-16C Block 25. The MLU jets were built as F-16A Block 5/10/15 but the structural changes found in the F-16C Block 25s were not made to those jets.
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Unread post07 Mar 2013, 15:52

Thanks to all for your responses.

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