US Department of Defense to upgrade Pakistan’s F-16 jets with modern technology
The FMS is a special and exclusive upgrade only for the allies of the US.
The United States Department of Defense (DoD) has approved an ‘indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity’ deal with Pakistan for the up-gradation of F-16 fighter jets. The contract has been awarded to an American aerospace and advanced technologies company, Lockheed Martin Corporation.
According to the contract, the company will equip Pakistani fighter jets with Foreign Military Sales (FMS) for Low Altitude Navigation, Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN) navigation pod (fixed wing), Sniper and Infrared Search and Track (IRST) hardware production.
The FMS is a special and exclusive upgrade only for the allies of the US. These confederates include Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Egypt, Greece, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, and Turkey.
This update was also confirmed by the US DoD on its official website.
‘’This contract provides the necessary resources required for the management, fabrication, upgrade/retrofit, integration support and testing and shipping of its non-developmental item (NDI) Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP) System, NDI LANTIRN Fixed Image Navigation Set upgrades, and the NDI IRST system as it relates to the requirements document associated with each specific delivery order placed under this contract’’, the website confirmed.
The working on his project would start in Orlando, Florida, and expectedly complete by May 2025.
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