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July 29, 2014

Elbit supplies upgraded F-16 avionics systems to Lockheed

Elbit Systems of America has delivered the first avionics to Lockheed Martin as part of the F-16 fighter jet upgrade programme.

By Prasanth Katam

Elbit Systems of America has delivered the first avionics to Lockheed Martin as part of the F-16 fighter jet upgrade programme.

The center pedestal display (CPD) and the updated common data entry electronics unit (CDEEU) will be integrated into Lockheed Martin’s F-16 Systems Integration Lab.

The CPD is expected to reduce pilot workload and improve data presentation by replacing the old electro-mechanical flight instruments with a modern set of digital instruments.

"The center pedestal display and the updated common data entry electronics unit will be integrated into Lockheed Martin’s F-16 Systems Integration Lab."

The system provides a larger high resolution display for sensor imagery and tactical situational awareness. It also provides emergency backup to flight instruments in the event of an air data computer failure, Elbit said.

The embedded air data module enables the CPD to connect to the existing infrastructure of the F-16.

The upgraded CDEEU is said to enable faster processing and additional memory.

Elbit Systems of America president and CEO Raanan Horowitz said: "Many of our engineers are current or recent F-16 operators and maintainers, bringing unequaled passion to the solutions, helping us provide F-16 avionics such as the display generator, stores management system, color multi-function displays, center pedestal displays, up front controls processors, mission computers, head up displays, electronic warfare solutions, and interference blanker units."

The company has self-funded the avionics upgrade with an aim to cater to the F-16 requirements across the world. Supply to Lockheed Martin is one of several avionics upgrades being undertaken by Elbit for F-16s.

"We will continue searching for innovative solutions to support our customers, US military, and allies around the world by designing solutions that protect and save lives.

"In support of this effort, we also provide full depot repair and sustainment capabilities for our displays and processors," Horowitz added.

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