Turkish Aerospace Industries has delivered the 16th aircraft upgraded as part of the F-8 Structural Improvement Project to the Air Force Command.
Air Forces Commandership Since the F-16 warplanes in the inventory are at or near completion of their service life, there is a need for a structural modification process that will increase the fuselage flight hours. In this context, the F-16 Structural Improvement Project is being carried out by the Turkish Aerospace Industries.
In the statement made by the Presidency of Defense Industries on July 18, 2021, the scope of the project eighth It was stated that the structural improvement of the F-16 Blok-30 aircraft was completed. The aircraft was delivered to the Air Force Command. The sharing made by SSB on the subject is as follows:
The structural improvements of the F-16 Blok-30 aircraft continue at full speed. hızı️
✅ We delivered the eighth F-16 Blok-16 aircraft, whose structural improvement was completed within the scope of the F-30 Structural Improvement Project, to the Air Force Command.
- SSB (@Sav SavunmaSanayii) July 18th, 2021
Turkish Aviation and Space Industry Inc. (TAI), repairs and changes and reinforcement applications were made on the body where deemed necessary within the scope of structural improvements. After the Acceptance Test and Inspection activities, the final test flight was made by HvKK pilots, and the first F-16 Block-30 aircraft was accepted successfully in July 2020. Thus, an important milestone in F-16 Structural Improvement activities was completed. Structural improvement of 35 F-16 Block-30 aircraft is planned within the scope of the project.
SSB Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir said in a statement regarding the activity in July 2020, “In the project, where engineering works were carried out for the renovation and revision of 1200-1500 pieces of structural parts per aircraft, repair and replacement and hull reinforcement applications are carried out where necessary. With the project carried out by Turkish Aerospace Industries, we aim to increase the structural life of our F-16 aircraft, the main striking element of our air force, from 8000 hours to 12000 hours. had included his statements.
Within the scope of the F-16 Structural Improvement project, 30 of the Block-25 aircraft were planned to be modernized by TAI and 10 by the 1st Air Supply and Maintenance Center Command.