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Two F-16 jets back in service after midlife upgrades

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, September 3, 2020   /  02:50 pm
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An F-16 fighter jet makes a first test flight on Feb. 18, 2020 after undergoing upgrades at Iswahjudi Air Base in East Java.(Antara/Siswowidodo)

Two of the Indonesian Air Force's F-16 fighter jets are now back in service after having undergone upgrades to their radar and weapon systems and structures to extend the service life of the 30-year-old aircraft. The upgrades were part of the Structural Augmentation Roadmap (Falcon STAR) and enhanced midlife upgrade (eMLU) programs, supervised by US defense company Lockheed Martin, for F-16 fighters that have been in service since 1990. Under the projects, Air Force technicians modified the F-16 structural frame to extend the service life of the aircraft, giving them an additional 8,000 hours of flight time, or equivalent to 20 years. It was complemented with the eMLU, which modernized the aircraft's avionics and enabled them to have beyond visual range (BVR) capabilities in launching missiles. The upgrades, carried out at Iswahjudi Air Base in East Java and completed in...