L3Harris Technologies has completed a Critical Design Review (CDR) for electronic warfare (electronic warfare Or EW) Viper Shield, which will provide enhanced offensive and defensive capabilities for fighter jets F-16 Block 70/72 For Foreign Military Sales (FMS), which will positively affect the fleet of those fighters In the Moroccan Air Force.
Complete the AN/ALQ-254(V)1 Viper Shield CDR with Lockheed Martin And the United States Air Force can now be exported to six countries, incl Morocco. The first F-16 Block 72 Viper fighters for the Moroccan Air Force are expected to leave the factory in 2024. Delivery will begin in early 2025.
The American company L3Harris stated in a statement that all new Viper fighters, including F-16 Vipers Moroccans, Bahrainis and Jordanians will be equipped with the Viper Shield electronic warfare system. “Viper Shield is the most capable and least risky option for the F-16 Viper in an increasingly dangerous world,” said Ed Zoss, President, L3Harris. We stand ready to help our global customers detect and defeat today’s advanced threats.
The next generation of F-16 fighters will face previously unimagined future threats. To meet this challenge, the fully digital electronic warfare (EW) Viper Shield system was designed specifically for the advanced F-16 Block 70/72 aircraft. Survive and succeed in the mission.
In partnership with Lockheed Martin and the US Air Force, the L3Harris developed the AN/ALQ-254(V)1 to provide America’s allies with advanced countermeasures to counter ever-evolving threats.
This advanced electronic warfare system will provide a virtual electronic shield around the aircraft, allowing combat aircraft to safely accomplish missions in increasingly complex combat scenarios. Its state-of-the-art digital technology helps improve system performance, reduce system footprint, reduce weight, and facilitate future upgrades.
L3Harris already claimed Electronic warfare systems supplied in 2017 for the F-16 Block 50/52 aircraftspecifically AN/ALQ-211 (V) 4/8/9 AIDEWS (for An advanced integrated defense electronic warfare suite). Alex Ribeiro)
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