Turkiye to Modernise Entire F-16 Fleet

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Turkiye to Modernise Entire F-16 Fleet
Turkiye’s Defence Industry Executive Committee (SSIK) has decided to begin F-16 modernisation. But there is no detailed information published. According to Turdef’s sources, Turkiye plans to modernise its entire F-16 Fighting Falcon fleet. Turkish Aerospace is conducting research, development and qualification studies for Özgür (Free / Independent) modernisation programme. It is known that domestic contribution to the program is at a high level. TurDef’s exclusive sources indicate that the capability of F-16 Özgür aircraft would be equal to Block 60 +. According to the same channels, the Turkish Air Force plans to modernise the entire F-16 Fighting Falcon fleet.
Turkiye to Modernise Entire F-16 FleetTurkiye has already published a Letter of Request (LoR) to the United States to upgrade its 79 F-16 Fighters to Block 70 level, and the rest will be modernised to Özgür capability. TurDef has also learned that the technical negotiations between the two countries are not resolved as there are still undecided technical and financial aspects.Turkiye to Modernise Entire F-16 FleetAccording to TurDef’s database, the Turkish Air Force has 233 F-16s in the inventory. In total, 133 are former Block 30TM and Block 40M. One Block 30 aircraft is already upgraded to Özgür. There are 99 aircraft in Block 50M and Block 50+ in total.Turkiye to Modernise Entire F-16 FleetTurkiye will upgrade 79 of them with US kits to Block 70 Viper level. More than 150 aircraft will receive Özgür upgrade. Turkish media mostly argue that modernisation will start from the newest aircraft, the highest block. TurDef estimates that 99 Block 50M and Block 50+ aircraft and at least 50 F-16 Block 40 will be upgraded to Özgür, and 79 aircraft that will receive US upgrade will also belong to Block 40 configuration.Turkiye to Modernise Entire F-16 FleetTurDef Exclusive News.

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