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NAVSEA awards Harris Corporation radar upgrade contract
by Ryan Maass
Melbourne, Fla. (UPI) Dec 2, 2015


Lockheed Martin to upgrade F-16 aircraft for Singapore
Washington (UPI) Dec 2, 2015 - Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $914 million contract to upgrade Singapore's fleet of F-16 aircraft.

The Republic of Singapore Air Force has a fleet of 62 F-16C/D Block 52 Fighting Falcon fighter jets. The fighters are armed with Advanced Medium Range air-to-air missiles linked to a DASH-3 Helmet Mounted Sight. Additional armaments include the AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missile, and the speculated use of the Israeli-made Python 4 missile.

The upgrades for 60 aircraft were approved by Congress through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program after being cleared by the State Department earlier this year. The Pentagon announced the contract on Tuesday.

Work on the contract will be performed at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics facility in Fort Worth Texas, and is expected to be completed by June 2023.

The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded Harris Corporation a four-year contract to upgrade the Navy's long-range radar.

The contract, valued at $113 million, includes an initial $39 million order and three one-year options, and will upgrade the AN/SPS-48E radars to the more advanced SPS-48G models. The newer models use a modernized solid-state transmitter, enhancing detection capabilities for the Navy's fleet.

"The SPS-48 radar provides an essential surveillance capability for the U.S. Navy, which faces growing and increasingly more complex threats," Harris Electronic Warfare business unit president Rich Sorelle said of the upgrades. "The radar is expected to remain in operation through the year 2050, and Harris is committed to ensuring it remains effective and dependable throughout its service life."

The AN/SPS-8G long-range, three-dimensional Air Search Radar is planned for installation on a variety of naval warships, including Nimitz, America, Wasp and San Antonio class ships. The radar provides anti-ship missile detection, Air Intercept Control, and other defensive capabilities. Once installed, the radar can no longer be removed, effectively becoming part of the ship.

AN/SPS-48G kits are produced by Exelis, Inc.


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