Lockheed Martin and Hellenic Aerospace Industry Deliver 10th F-16V to the Hellenic Air Force
ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 2, 2023 – Today Lockheed Martin and Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI) delivered the 10th F-16 jet upgraded to the “Viper” configuration for the Hellenic air force (HAF). The Viper configuration offers new and enhanced safety, networking and sensor capabilities, enabling the HAF to stay ahead of emerging threats in the region and support joint missions around the world.
“Lockheed Martin has been providing air power solutions for decades and we understand current and future threats,” said OJ Sanchez, vice president, Integrated Fighter Group at Lockheed Martin. “Through air combat platforms like the F-16, we deliver proven 21st Century Security solutions that air forces around the world, including the HAF, depend on to be ahead of ready, forming the backbone of NATO and allied coalition fleets.”
Work on the aircraft is taking place at HAI with guidance from Lockheed Martin’s teams at HAI and in the United States. Through industrial cooperation activities spanning more than two decades under the HAF’s F-16 programs, Lockheed Martin will have provided economic benefits in excess of $1 billion to the Greek defense industry and the HAF by the time the current F-16 Viper upgrade program is completed.
To enhance aircraft safety, the F-16 Viper configuration includes upgrades such as a modified Digital Flight Control Computer that provides Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System and Pilot Activated Recovery System capabilities. Other major system upgrades include the APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array radar, Modular Mission Computer (MMC-7000AH), Advanced Data Transfer Equipment, Center Pedestal Displays, APX-126 Advanced Identify Friend or Foe with Mode 5 capability, Embedded Global Positioning System /Inertial Navigation System, SNIPER provisions, PaveWay II interfaces and updated Link-16 capability.
A total of 84 aircraft will be upgraded to the Viper configuration by 2027.
Greece’s F-16 partnership started in November 1984 when the Greek government expressed interest in acquiring 34 single-seat F-16C aircraft and six two-seat F-16Ds to replace obsolete F-5A/B Freedom Fighter aircraft. The Greek government signed the first contract, Peace Xenia I, in January 1987, and the first jets began arriving in 1989. Since then, the HAF has acquired 170 F-16s across Blocks 30, 50 and 52.
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