Lockheed Martin Aeronautics has awarded a contract to Raytheon for delivery of its advanced countermeasure electronic system (ACES) for installation on the Iraqi Air Force’s (IQAF) F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft.
According to the contract, the company will supply a total of 18 ACES systems along with spares for the second batch of F-16 fighters’ ordered by Iraq earlier this year.
The ACES system was also ordered by Lockheed for the first group of F-16IQ aircraft in 2012.
Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems business Tactical Airborne Systems vice-president Mark Kula said the ACES provides the latest in electronic warfare self protection technology designed specifically for the tactical fighter environment and mission.
Kula said, "Our system identifies, locates and reacts to potential threats before they can engage.
”This is critical, game-changing technology needed in today’s increasingly complex threat environment."
Equipped with an ALR-93 radar warning receiver, ALQ-187(V)2 jammer and ALE-47 countermeasures dispenser system, the ACES is an advanced integrated system designed to provide effective situational awareness and threat countermeasures to help enhance F-16 aircrew survivability.
Specifically, the system provides a secure electronic shield against anti-aircraft missiles and enemy radar threats in high density environments, and has already proven to be effective against real threats in acceptance flight trials, combat exercises and defence of sovereign territory.
The ACES systems ordered for the first F-16IQs batch will be handed over to Lockheed in late 2013, while the delivery schedule of the latest contract remains undisclosed.
Powered by a single Pratt & Whitney F-100-GE-129 turbofan engine, the F-16 was initially designed as an air superiority day fighter, but later evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft for precise delivery of ordnance during non-visual bombing conditions.
The aircraft is operational with the air forces of Israel, Egypt, New Zealand, South Korea, Chile, Poland, UAE, Bahrain, Greece, Singapore and the US.
Image: The ACES system enhances F-16 aircrew survivability by providing a secure electronic shield against anti-aircraft missiles and enemy radar threats. Photo: courtesy of Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway.