Lockheed Martin-developed software update provides USAF F-16s with ‘Smart’ weapons capability

Lockheed Martin-developed software update provides USAF F-16s with ‘Smart’ weapons capability

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The U.S. Air Force recently began using a software update developed by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. that will add a new “smart” weapons capability to its 400-aircraft fleet of Block 40/42 F-16C/Ds.

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. is a business area of Lockheed Martin Corp.

Smart weapons provide the ability to conduct precision attacks in all weather and avoid intense threat defenses near the target. The new smart weapons enabled for use by the software update are:

  • GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) – INS/GPS (inertial navigation system/global positioning system [satellite]) guidance
  • AGM-154 Joint Stand-Off Weapon (JSOW) – INS/GPS guidance
  • CBU-103/104/105 Wind-Corrected Munitions Dispenser (WCMD) – INS guidance
  • EGBU-27 enhanced laser-guided bomb – laser seeker plus INS/GPS guidance.
  • In addition to the new weapons, the software update includes improvements to the APG-68 multimode radar operation, AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to- Air Missile (AMRAAM) display symbology, digital terrain system capabilities, and data link functions. The update also includes numerous cockpit mechanization improvements that will enhance pilot situation awareness and efficiency in the tactical environment.