- Apr 2, 2021
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Selling to third parties and making modifications on your own fighters are two different things. Özgür Mod project aims to modernize Turkish F-16 fleet selling it is a secondary objective. There is already one prototype F-16 that flies with a national mission computer. Block 30s will go under Özgür upgrade program after structural modernization(5 fighters have been delivered so far) is done. By the end of this year, Akıncı AESA radar will be integrated into Akıncı UAV which is the first step of the airborne AESA radar projects. Next year Aselsan AESA radar will be integrated into the first Özgür prototype. Probably by the end of 2022 or early 2023 Turkish block 30s will start receiving Özgür modernization after the Aselsan AESA radar integration. First Block 30s will go under mod after that block-40s will follow, and then block-50s latest block 52+ won't be upgraded.For foreign jets wouldn't you need OEM approval? That was my basis off saying it would be harder to do.
I think if they were willing to allow you to put your radar into another countries F-16s for example they would rather sell F-16V upgrades and make money.
Remember Israel trying to sell F-16s to Croatia?
"But Washington objected to the sale, apparently on the grounds that Israel’s upgrades made the planes more attractive to buyers than their American counterparts. It said Israel needed to strip off the upgrades made to the US-made jets, including electronic and radar systems."
It is rumored that Aselsan AESA has more than 2x range compared to APG-68v9 and includes advanced electronic warfare capabilities. F-16 AESA will be the basis for the more advanced BURFIS integrated RF system of the TFX.