ECM upgrading of F-16s begins

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Taipei Times
Date: Sep 04, 2017
By: Lo Tien-pin / Staff reporter, with CNA

The upgrade of Taiwan’s fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16A/B fighter jets with new

An F-16 waits on the runway of Taichung’s Cingcyuangang Air Base in readiness for the Han Kuang military exercises on May 14. Photo: Lo Tien-bin, Taipei Times

electronic countermeasures (ECM) pods has begun on a small scale, the air force said yesterday.

The upgrade is to improve the planes’ air-to-air and air-to-ground surveillance capabilities and combat capability to meet the needs of advanced warfare.

The fleet has 80 AN/ALQ-184(V) ECM pods and the air force has earmarked US$160 million to purchase 42 new ALQ-131A FMS pods that the US army has been developing to replace the old pods, but it would now only be able to buy 12 FMS pods for that budget due to increased research and development costs, the air force said.

The air force plans to outfit the F-16 fleet with the new FMS pod, which can be integrated with the jets’ combat systems and fit with the air force’s logistical planning, it said.    [FULL  STORY]

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