Thursday, December 17, 2009

First Batch of US F-16s Upgraded by HAI Delivered

Strategy-Geopolitics reports that the Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI) has completed delivery of the first batch of upgraded fighters out of 54 US F-16 Block 40 aircraft which are based in Europe (with the USAFE). The upgrade consists of structural and electronic upgrades according to the Common Configuration Implementation Programme (CCIP). Another 40 aircraft are expected to undergo this upgrade at HAI’s installations over the next 4 years.

HAI received this contract through an open competition in which it met all the necessary criteria. The programme had an initial budget of USD 43 million and has created about 150 jobs. The experience gained by HAI with this contract can be very useful in the even the Hellenic Air Force decides to proceed with the upgrading of its fighter fleet.

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