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Korean Air awarded US contract for F-16 Upgrades

August 20, 2007 (by Asif Shamim) - Korean Air’s Aerospace Division has been rewarded by the US Air Force for its depot maintenance capabilities and credibility with a new contract order for F-16s.

Korean Air inked the contract las week with the US Air Force to perform upgrade modification for F-16s based in the Pacific region. The contract scope includes CCIP (Common Configuration Improvement Program), Falcon-STAR (Structural Augmentation Roadmap) and Drop In Maintenance for 100 USAF F-16s for six years until 2013.

The upgrade program aims to bring all USAF F-16s to a common equipment baseline and will extend the F-16’s flying hours from 6,000 to 8,000 hours.

Korean Air began Program Depot Maintenance on the F-4 Phantom for the U.S Department of Defense in 1978. Since then, it has evolved to become a leader in Asia for military aircraft maintenance for the U.S Department of Defense.

Korean Air has accumulated experience in aircraft maintenance and modification through successful work on more than 3,300 military aircraft that serve the Korean and US Air Forces, including the F-16, F-15 fighter jets and UH-60, CH-47 helicopters.