Lockheed WinsAwarded $138 Million Contract For Taiwan’s Peace Phoenix Rising Program

Taiwan is building harden shelters for its new F-16V Block 70/72 4.5 Generation aircraft. Source MoD Taiwan.

The U.S. announced a contract valued $138 to Lockheed Martin for Taiwan’s Peace Phoenix Rising 2 (PPR2) program.

The contract modification is for the development and fielding of capabilities for the Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System and AGM-88 High Speed Anti-radiation Missile; improvements in radar software maturity; an update to the Data Acquisition System; and Advanced Identification Friend or Foe for the Taiwan Retrofit Program F-16 Block 20 fleet.

Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas; and Taiwan, and is expected to be completed Sept. 30, 2022. This modification involves 100% Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and is the result of a sole-source acquisition.

Under the Phoenix Rising program, Taipei is upgrading its fleet of 144 F-16 A/B Block 20 Fighting Falcon jets to the F-16V configuration. The Air Force received its first modernized jet in 2018. The project is expected to be completed by 2023.

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As part of the upgrade, the jets will be installed with Northrop Grumman AN/APG-83 SABR AESA radar, new mission computers, and more advanced avionics and electronic warfare suite. The upgraded jet will also have the capability to be armed with new precision-guided weapons. The total cost of the program is estimated to be around $5.3 billion.

The U.S. State Department approved the FMS sale of 66 F-16C/D Block 70 fighters, along with related equipment and support, to Taiwan for an estimated cost of $8 billion in 2019.

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