If there ever was a universal signal, it's thumbs up! This Turkish F-16 pilot shows his satisfaction after a successful mission. (Image © Elmer van Hest)

Turkish Air Force received final upgraded F-16

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) delivered the final of 117 upgraded F-16C/D multirole fighters to the Turkish Air Force on 12 April 2015, done with support of Lockheed Martin – which is the current manufacturer and the holder of the General Dynamics design of the jet.

The Turkish jets of Block 40 and Block 50 standard now have full-colour LCDs in the cockpit, a new AN/APG-69(V)9 radar, a new mission computer, a Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS), the Link 16 data sharing option and are full night-vision ready. Other upgrades include the electronic self-protection suite, including radar-warning and radar jamming options, plus the wiring and system updates to use newer air-to-air missiles.

In total TAI built 242 F-16C single-seat and D two-seat fighters for the Türk Hava Kuvvetleri. They form the core of the air power and are essential in the air defence of the country, supported by 30 to 35 aging McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II jets.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image: Thumbs up for Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) after delivering the final upgraded F-16 to the Turkish Air Force (Image © Elmer van Hest)