South Korea Finalizes Agreement for BAE Systems to Perform F-16 Upgrades

  South Korea Finalizes Agreement for BAE Systems to Perform F-16 Upgrades

Business Wire

WASHINGTON -- December 23, 2013

The Republic of Korea has finalized an agreement with the U.S. government for
BAE Systems to perform upgrades and systems integration for its fleet of more
than 130 F-16 aircraft. The company will now begin the first phase of the work
under contract through the U.S. Department of Defense’s Foreign Military Sales
program.

BAE Systems will perform upgrades and systems integration for South Korea’s
fleet of more than 130 F ...

BAE Systems will perform upgrades and systems integration for South Korea’s
fleet of more than 130 F-16 aircraft. (Photo: BAE Systems)

“This agreement marks a significant expansion of our F-16 modernization
business, and we’re eager to get to work,” said Erin Moseley, president of BAE
Systems’ Support Solutions sector. “When we were chosen by the Republic of
Korea last year, it showed that we are a viable and experienced provider of
fighter jet upgrades and systems integration. As demonstrated by today’s
important milestone, we offer cost-effective modernization solutions,
customized to meet any country’s requirements.”

Under terms negotiated by the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Defense Security
Cooperation Agency, BAE Systems will upgrade 130-plus KF-16C/D Block 52
aircraft, to include associated equipment, parts, training, and logistical
support. Phase One of the work will begin immediately and will involve the
initial design and development of the upgrade solution. Phase Two of the work,
as proposed, would begin next year and would complete the production and
installation of the upgrade kits in all of the aircraft over the next several
years.

BAE Systems’ experience with the F-16 dates back to the original 1970s-era
aircraft, and has included flight control computers, cockpit displays,
electronic warfare systems, and support equipment. Today, the company is a
major provider of mission electronics and flight systems for F-16 fleets
around the world. The U.S. Air Force, for example, has approximately 270 F-16s
in service that have been upgraded with the BAE Systems’ fire control system
and advanced Ethernet interface.

The work to upgrade the KF-16 fleet will be performed primarily at BAE
Systems’ facility in Fort Worth, Texas. Other company sites in Florida, New
York, California, and Virginia will also be involved. BAE Systems expects to
hire approximately 300 employees to help support the program.

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Contact:

BAE Systems
Neil Franz
Office: 703-312-6153
Mobile: 240-687-0127
neil.franz@baesystems.com
or
BAE Systems
Mark Ritson
Mobile: +44 (0) 7793 424545
mark.ritson2@baesystems.com
www.baesystems.com/f16
 
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