The United States Air Force is planing to upgrade 300 to 350 F-16C/D Block 40 Night Falcons and F-16C/D Block 50 Falcons  fighter jets with new avionics and increased airframe life.

This was stated by the United States Air Force deputy chief for operations, Lieutenant General Herbert J. "Hawk" Carlisle while testifying.
He said that upgradation of the F-16s is essential to keep the Air National Guard (ANG) and Air Force Reserve fighter force maintain effective fighting capability before the fifth generation F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) becomes operational.

The F-16 Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) will focus on increasing the life of the F-16 airframe from 8,000 to "at least" 10,000 hours allowing the fighter jets to remain operational for an other 8 years. Upgrade  will cos around $9.4 million per aircraft.

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