August 01, 2012 12:40
British defense company BAE Systems beat Lockheed Martin of the U.S. to a W1.1 trillion project to upgrade Korea's KF-16 fighter jets (US$1=W1,131). The selection surprised industry insiders, since Lockheed Martin is the manufacturer of the KF-16.
The upgrade project involves the replacement of on-board computers and weapons systems on Korea's 134 KF-16s by 2021. The mechanically scanned array radar system will also be replaced with state-of-the-art active electronically scanned array radar to boost the range of their surveillance capabilities.
The entire project costs W1.8 trillion, but the radar upgrade will be allocated separately.
Since BAE systems is based in the U.K., some view its selection as a European victory over a traditional U.S. rival. But the Defense Acquisition and Procurement Agency pointed out that the U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems was chosen and the U.S. government guarantees the quality of the parts.
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