Raytheon has signed a contract with prime contractor BAE Systems for the provision of Raytheon Advanced Combat Radar (RACR) AESA sets for the South Korean KF-16 upgrade program.
The program aims to upgrade as many as 130 KF-16C/D Block 50/52 fighters with the RACR and other enhancements to extend that type’s service life and capability, and represents the first sale of the RACR which is being marketed to the potentially huge international F-16 and F/A-18 ‘classic’ upgrade market.
“South Korea’s competitive selection of our RACR last year gave us an important foothold in the international F-16 upgrade market,” Jim Hvizd, vice president of International Strategy and Business Development for Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems said in a statement. “The addition of our EW and mission computing expertise and our weapon systems integration will provide the Republic of Korea with an operationally superior solution that will keep their KF-16s relevant for years to come.”
Raytheon will also provide it ALR-69 digital radar warning receiver, an advanced mission computer and new weapons to the KF-16 upgrade program.