October 30, 2003 (by Stefaan Vanhastel) - Progressive, a Texas-based company, is being awarded a $5,7 million contract to provide High Priority Modification Kits in support of the Falcon STAR program for European Participating Air Forces (EPAF) F-16 Fighting Falcons.
The Falcon STructural Augmentation Roadmap (Falcon STAR) is a structural modification for achieving an 8000-hour component service life for European F-16 MLU
aircraft. The project is scheduled to be completed by September 2008.
This contract is for the procurement of three types of F-16 modification kits in support of the program. In total, 665 kits will be procured under the basic contract. This effort supports foreign military sales to Belgium
, and Norway
There is no engine work involved in the program, since Falcon STAR is a structural modification only.
Note: In the Royal Netherlands Air Force, the Falcon STAR program has been dubbed the Pacer AMSTEL-program ("After MLU
Structural Enhancement of Lifetime").