Lockheed Martin Tactical Systems Awarded AMC System for U.A.E.'s F-16S
EAGAN, MN, 28-MAR-01 -- Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems (NE&SS) Tactical Systems has been selected to provide the Advanced Mission Computer (AMC) system for 80 United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) F-16 fighter aircraft being produced by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Ft. Worth, Texas, for an anticipated value of $58 million. The AMC will be at the heart of the U.A.E. Block 60 advanced avionics suite, providing dramatic improvements in processor throughput and memory over current generation equipment. The processor's flexible design facilitates future enhancements, allowing the Block 60 aircraft to maintain a leadership position among the world's fighter aircraft for years to come. AMC deliveries will commence in 2003. Variants of the AMC, suitable for upgrading existing F-16s, are also planned.
Produced by the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Ft. Worth, Texas, the F-16 is the world's most successful and sought-after fighter, with more than 4,000 delivered to date. Officials from Lockheed Martin and the U.A.E. signed a $6.4 billion agreement March 5, 2000 in Abu Dhabi for the purchase of 80 F-16 aircraft and associated equipment with aircraft deliveries scheduled for 2004 through 2007, making the U.A.E. the 21st country to order the aircraft. The U.A.E.'s version of the F-16, named the Desert Falcon, will incorporate advanced capabilities, including the AMC, conformal fuel tanks for extended range, new cockpit displays, new sensors and other advanced features.
As the systems integrator for the AMC project, NE&SS-Tactical Systems is responsible for the integration of commercial-of-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and software provided by multiple suppliers, yielding a state-of-the-art integrated processing solution including a fiber optic network.
Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems - Tactical Systems in Eagan, Minn., is a leading integrator of COTS hardware and software for military environments and is also the Integrated Product Team leader for the Lockheed Martin Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Core Processor. It is a unit of Lockheed Martin's Systems Integration business area.