Republic of China Air Force F-16 Fighter Jet
Republic of China Air Force F-16 Fighter Jet

Lockheed Awarded $138 Million Contract Modification for Taiwan’s F-16 Peace Phoenix Rising 2 Program

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $138,000,000 modification (P00079) to contract FA8615‐12‐C‐6016 for the Taiwan’s Peace Phoenix Rising 2 (PPR2) program. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas; and Taiwan, and is expected to be completed Sept. 30, 2022. Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $67,620,000 are being obligated at the time of award. U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright‐Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

The Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) contract modification is for the development and fielding of capabilities for the Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto GCAS) and AGM-88 HARM (High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile); improvements in radar software maturity; an update to the Data Acquisition System; and Advanced Identification Friend or Foe for the Taiwan Retrofit Program F-16 Block 20 fleet.

F-16 carrying an AIM-120 AMRAAM AIM-9 Sidewinder and AGM-88 HARM
US Air Force (USAF) F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 23rd Fighter Squadron (FS), armed with AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles/AMRAAM (top), AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles (middle) and AGM-88 High Speed Antiradiation Missile/HARM (bottom)

The Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto GCAS), developed jointly by Lockheed Martin Skunk Works®, the Air Force Research Laboratory and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), is designed to reduce incidents of what is known as controlled flight into terrain, or CFIT. According to U.S. Air Force statistics, CFIT incidents account for 26 percent of aircraft losses and a staggering 75 percent of all F-16 pilot fatalities.

The AGM-88 HARM is a tactical, air-to-surface anti-radiation missile designed to home in on electronic transmissions coming from surface-to-air radar systems. The AGM-88 can detect, attack and destroy a radar antenna or transmitter with minimal aircrew input. The U.S. Air Force (USAF) put the HARM onto specialized F-16s equipped with the HARM Targeting System (HTS). It was originally as a replacement for the AGM-45 Shrike and AGM-78 Standard ARM system.

Lockheed Martin Auto GCAS
The Lockheed Martin Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto GCAS) is designed to execute an automatic recovery manoeuvre when terrain impact is imminent. (U.S. Air Force)

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