The Air Force has changed its acquisition strategy when it comes to modernizing F-16 radars, which is part of the F-16 Combat Avionics Programmed Extension Suite (CAPES), according to an article by Flightglobal.
Originally, the government would provide the new radar to be used on the fighter but now, the Air Force are giving requirements for the new radar to Lockheed Martin, and it is up to the contractor to choose a suitable replacement.
“We’ve just now gotten the go ahead that we’re the CFE guys, up until this came out the decision was the radar was going to be government furnished equipment,” Bill McHenry, Lockheed’s F-16 business development director says.
“So this pre-solicitation notice is a milestone that changes direction,” he added.
According to the article, the Air Force requires 24 upgraded F-16s by the fourth quarter of 2018, meaning a competition needs to happen soon as it will take 2-3 years to fully develop either radar to meet production standards.