August 1, 2006 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Raytheon has begun work on an upgrade of the Advanced Self-Protection Integrated Suite (ASPIS) electronic warfare systems in the F-16 fighters recently acquired by the Hellenic Air Force (HAF).
The first Greek F-16D block 52+
Raytheon has been awarded a $96 million contract which represents phase 1 of a two-phase contract that calls for 33 systems as well as support equipment and services. Work on the phase 1 program began in July 2006 with final deliveries due by April 2009.
This contract follows a $242 million 2003 award for Raytheon to produce 60 ASPIS II suites, representing a new, enhanced version of the original ASPIS system delivered in the late 1990s for the HAF
Block 30/50 F-16. The new contract, a foreign military sale received through the U.S. Air Force Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, is also for ASPIS II systems and is intended to equip HAF F-16 block 52
The ASPIS suite consists of the ALR-93(V) threat warning system, ALQ-187 jammer, and ALE-47 chaff/flare dispenser. Raytheon's EW Systems organization, located in Goleta, Calif., and part of the company's Space and Airborne Systems business, is the prime contractor and systems integrator. Teammates on the program include Northrop Grumman's Defensive Systems Division, San Jose, Calif.; BAE
Systems, Austin, Texas; and several international subcontractors.
Recent media reports indicate the Turkish Air Force is set to purchase another 30 of the aircraft by the end of the decade.