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John
12th May 2003, 14:54
From defence-aerospace.com

I wonder how much it is costing them? I had a look around but could not find out any further information.

Lockheed Martin, U.S., Italian Officials Celebrate F-16 'Peace Caesar' Rollout

(Source: Lockheed Martin; issued May 9, 2003)


FORT WORTH, Texas --- Lockheed Martin officials, along with officers from the United States and Italian Air Forces, participated in a rollout ceremony today at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, for the first of 34 F-16 fighter aircraft to be provided to Italy under a program known as "Peace Caesar."

The Italian Air Force chose the leased F-16 option as the most cost-effective solution to replace its aging fleet of Tornado and F-104 fighters. The lease is for five years with a five-year follow-on option. Four non-flyable F-16 aircraft are being supplied for generation of spare parts.

"The F-16 being rolled out here today is the result of more than two years of effort at Hill Air Force Base that have produced an F-16 fighter jet with additional airframe service life, an upgraded engine and other modifications," said Robert T. Elrod, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company's executive vice president of programs. "This was a complex program, and the teamwork it took to make it happen is unmatched. The U.S. Air Force has done a tremendous job getting this plane ready, and Lockheed Martin stands ready to fulfill its obligations after the plane is delivered to Italy in June."

Approximately 100 Italian Air Force maintenance officers, instructors and technicians are receiving F-16 maintenance training at Lockheed Martin facilities in Fort Worth, Texas. Italian instructors in Italy will train an additional 181 Italian maintenance technicians.

The Air Force and Lockheed Martin are also providing other types of logistics support as part of the Peace Caesar Foreign Military Sales Program, to include supply chain management and full engineering technical services.

The F-16, the choice of 24 countries, is the world's most sought-after fighter. More than 4,000 aircraft have been delivered, hundreds more are on order for the United States and seven other countries, and production is expected to continue beyond 2010.

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, is a leader in the design, development, systems integration, production and support of advanced military aircraft and related technologies. Its customers include the military services of the United States and allied countries throughout the world. Products include the F-16, F/A-22, F-35 JSF, F-117, T-50, C-5, C-130J, P-3, S-3 and U-2.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin Corp. is a global enterprise principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture and integration of advanced technology systems, products and services. Employing about 125,000 people worldwide, Lockheed Martin had 2002 sales of $26.6 billion.

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Come-quickly
12th May 2003, 15:12
I wonder if the Tornados they returned will ever fly again?
Then again the introduction of a SEAD role for the F.3 is sure to up the attrition risks

Aidan
12th May 2003, 15:51
"The five-year lease is renewable for a second five-year period. The LOA and lease value is approximately $777 million over 10 years."

The support contract, worth about $313 million over 10 years, is expected to be issued by the end of this year.

From

http://www.aerotechnews.com/starc/2001/032301/Italy_F16.html

At todays figures, $777 mill works out at €671.931 mill. And getting cheaper every day.

Still, thats a lot of money. And this is an interim solution.


Poland is paying about $3.5 billion (about $4.7 billion once interest is figured in) for "48 F-16 Block 50/52+ fighters equipped with Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 or General Electric F110-GE-129 powerplants and Northrop Grumman APG-68(V)9 radar"

Other details of the order are ...

- seven spare P&W F100-PW-229 or GE F110-GE-129,

- two spare P&W F100-PW-100/200E engines,

- six spare APG-68(V)9 radar sets and

- two AN/APG-66 sets.

- 130 LAU-129 missile launchers,

- 384 AIM-120C AMRAAMs,

- six AIM-120C AMRAAM AVIM training rounds,

- 384 AIM-9M2 Sidewinders

- 24 AIM-9M2 training rounds of this type,

- 178 AIM-9X Sidewinders,

- 24 AIM-9X training rounds.

- 816 AGM-65G Maverick missiles,

- 65 TGM-65G training rounds,

- 232 JDAM suites,

- 280 AGM-154A/C JSOWs,

- 215 Mk82 GP bombs,

- 920 Mk83 bombs,

- 232 Mk84 bombs,

- 140 CBU-97 WCMDs,

- 232 GBU-16 LGBs

- 232 GBU-10 modification suites.

- 214 GBU-22/24 suites,

- 384 CBU-87 CEBBs,

- 340,000 HE 20mm cannon rounds,

- 36 Pathfinder/Sharpshooter pods, or the same number of Northrop Grumman/Rafael Litening II pods,

- 22 Lockheed Martin PANTERA pods.

Avionics equipment for the Polish F-16s will inclued 48 Rockwell Collins AN/ARC-210 SINCGAR Have Quick II radios, 44 Northrop Grumman AN/ALQ-131 or AN/ALQ-184 ECM pods and six recce pods of unspecified type. Also acquired will be eight AACMI podded systems, 48 CFTs, 48 JHMSs, 48 TADIL/JTIDS Link 16 terminals, 40 integrated AIDEWS self defence suites, 29 NVG sets, 48 Raytheon AN/APX-113 IFF sets and all essential technical documents, software and supplementary training and support equipment. The implementation of the whole package for Polish Air Force flying units, and some defence industry plants, would require logistics support provided by as many as 24 US defence specialists lasting for a period of at least four years"

All taken from a LM site which I can't seem to find to link.

And while $4.7 billion is a lot of money, the Poles have been promised about $6.3 billion in offsets. Handily enough.