Lockheed Martin’s Fighting Falcon Evolves With New F-16V

SINGAPORE, Feb. 15, 2012 – Lock­heed Mar­tin [NYSE: LMT] unveiled a new ver­sion of the F-16 today at the Sin­ga­pore Air­show. The F-16V will fea­ture enhance­ments includ­ing an active elec­tron­i­cal­ly scanned array (AESA) radar, an upgrad­ed mis­sion com­put­er and archi­tec­ture, and improve­ments to the cock­pit – all capa­bil­i­ties iden­ti­fied by the U.S. Air Force and sev­er­al inter­na­tion­al cus­tomers for future improve­ments.

With near­ly 4,500 F-16s deliv­ered, this is a nat­ur­al step in the evo­lu­tion of the world’s most suc­cess­ful 4th gen­er­a­tion fight­er. The Fight­ing Fal­con pro­gram has con­tin­u­al­ly evolved as it began with the F-16 A/B as the light­weight fight­er then tran­si­tioned to F-16 C/D and Block 60 ver­sions as cus­tomers’ require­ments changed.
AESA radars offer sig­nif­i­cant oper­a­tional capa­bil­i­ty improve­ments. Lock­heed Mar­tin has devel­oped an inno­v­a­tive solu­tion to afford­ably retro­fit this key tech­nol­o­gy into exist­ing F-16s. The F-16V con­fig­u­ra­tion is an option for new pro­duc­tion jets and ele­ments of the upgrade are avail­able to most ear­li­er-mod­el F-16s. The “V” des­ig­na­tion is derived from Viper, the name fight­er pilots have called the F-16 from its begin­nings.
“We believe this F-16V will sat­is­fy our cus­tomers’ emerg­ing require­ments and pre­pare them to bet­ter inter­op­er­ate with the 5th gen­er­a­tion fight­ers, the F-35 and F-22,” said George Stan­dridge, Lock­heed Mar­tin Aero­nau­tics’ vice pres­i­dent of busi­ness devel­op­ment.
The F-16 is the choice of 26 nations. The F-16 pro­gram has been char­ac­ter­ized by unprece­dent­ed inter­na­tion­al coop­er­a­tion among gov­ern­ments, air forces and aero­space indus­tries.
Head­quar­tered in Bethes­da, Md., Lock­heed Mar­tin is a glob­al secu­ri­ty com­pa­ny that employs about 123,000 peo­ple world­wide and is prin­ci­pal­ly engaged in the research, design, devel­op­ment, man­u­fac­ture, inte­gra­tion and sus­tain­ment of advanced tech­nol­o­gy sys­tems, prod­ucts and ser­vices. The Corporation’s net sales for 2011 were $46.5 bil­lion.