Turkish Aerospace Industries, Within the framework of the Royal Jordanian Air Force’s (RJAF) F-16 modernization program, the first F-16 aircraft, modernized at TAI’s facilities, was delivered on October 17, 2007
Within the framework of the contract, signed between the Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI) and the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) in July 2005, the Falcon-up, Falcon Star and Mid Life Upgrade (MLU) modifications of a total of 17 Block 15 F-16s have started to be performed by TAI.
Under the program, which was initiated with the arrival of the first two RJAF F-16s at TAI’s facilities on 27 April 2005, the first modified aircraft was delivered to RJAF at a ceremony held at TAI’s facilities on October 17, 2007.
The ceremony, which was honored by HE Vecdi Gönül, the Minister of National Defense and HRH Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, also hosted many high level authorities.
Under the program, the modification activities of the first 12 aircraft will be realized at TAI, whereas the modification activities of the remaining five aircraft will be realized in Jordan under the supervision of TAI engineers.
In addition to the experience gained in previous F-16 programs, which were successfully realized at TAI, the Falcon Star and MLU, capabilities will be implemented on RJAF F-16s. Consequently, TAI, will not only gain new capabilities, but also be able to meet other countries’ F-16 modernization requirements.
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