AESA Radar Competition For S.Korean F-16s
By Bradley Perrett in Seoul and Douglas Barrie in London
South Korea is planning to retrofit an active, electronically scanned array radar to its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16s, sparking a competition liable to be repeated for a swath of Fighting Falcon operators.
The South Korean air force will likely issue a request for proposals in 2010 or early 2011 for an active, electronically scanned array (AESA) radar for its F?16C/D aircraft. The air force has around 40 Block 32 aircraft and 140 Block 52-standard aircraft.
South Korea is believed to be looking to upgrade 135 aircraft, most likely all at the Block 52 standard. Under present plans, upgraded aircraft will enter service in 2014-15.
Raytheon will begin flight testing a production standard RACR on an F-16 in the first half of 2010.
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