The first modernized Taiwanese fighter F-16V

According to a Taiwanese web resourceFormosa Military Image Press, "a few days ago," flight tests of the first Lockheed Martin F-16A fighter of the Republic of China Air Force, which was modernized by the Taiwan Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) to the F-16V, began in Taichung. At the same time, this aircraft (Taiwanese airborne number "6626", US Air Force number 93-0727, serial number TA-26) became the first F-16V serial configuration in the world. According to the Taiwanese media, the test is carried out by the American test pilots of the corporation Lockheed Martin.
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The first to upgrade the F-16V version of the Taiwan Air Force fighter Lockheed Martin F-16A (Taiwanese airborne number "6626", US Air Force number 93-0727, serial number TA-26) during flight tests, August 2018 (c) www. hccapa.com
In 2016, the Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of China (Taiwan) entered into a contract worth $ 3.8 billion with Lockheed Martin to upgrade 142 F-16A / B Block 20 fighter jets to the F-16V level, with implementation in 2017 -2022 years at the facilities of AIDC (Phoenix Rising US code).Taiwan thus became the first customer of the F-16V modification, advertised as the most advanced version of the F-16 family of fighters.
The first four F-16A / B fighters of the Taiwanese Air Force arrived at AIDC in Taichung in January 2017, these machines are upgraded to be experienced and must complete an extensive testing program at the completion of the work. The first F-16A fighter (onboard number "6626"), which completed the upgrade to the F-16V level, began ground tests in June, and now has been handed over to flight tests.
Upgraded Taiwanese F-16V aircraft should be equipped with new Northrop Grumman AN / APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) radar with AFAR (instead of the AN / APG-66 (v) 3 installed now), using joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System target targeting systems II, the new on-board computer Modular Mission Computers (MMC), LN260 inertial-satellite navigation system, Embedded Global Navigation Systems (EGI) / Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) and the display system Improved Programmable Display Generators (iPDG). There will also be a reinforced chassis installed on the F-16C / D. Presumably, EW AN / ALQ-213 Electronic Warfare Management Systems and AN / ALQ-211 Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suites will also be installed. Engines F100-PW-220 should be replaced with new modifications F100-PW-229. The fighter’s weapons will include guided missiles AIM-9X Sidewinder, AGM-154C JSOW and AGM-88B HARM, as well as Taiwanese-made guided missile weapons.
It is assumed that 24 fighters per year will be upgraded at AIDC, and the earliest end of 2023 is now considered the deadline for completion of work. The total cost of the modernization program is estimated at $ 5.3 billion.
Taiwan received 150 F-16A / B Block 20 fighters (120 F-16A and 30 F-16B) under the Peace Fenghuang program under a 1992 agreement through the US Foreign Government Sales (FMS) in 1997-2001.

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