Friday, November 12, 2010

New F-16s Start Arriving

The first six of 18 F-16 fighter jets arrived at their new home base on Tuesday, Nov. 9. The jets flew from Holland, refueling in midair and making a stop in the Canary Islands. The F-16s were purchased from Holland, which put the planes up for sale as surplus equipment. All have undergone the mid-life upgrade (MLU) program, which includes updated electronics. Combined with an earlier purchase from Holland, Chile's air force now owns 34 F-16 MLU fighters. All F-16 MLUs are being operated from the Cerro Moreno base near Antofagasta.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I read somewhere that the last batch of F16s are a block equipped with M4 mission software as opposed to the older M3 that was previously purchased. Do you know if that is true? Will that then entail M4 mission tapes for the entire MLU fleet since the M4 tapes would now be available?

julio said...

Ahora tenemos un equipo competitivo, le podemos ganar a Argentina y luego si Perú se alista haremos una pasada por Lima... Estas armas suben la moral de una nación tan alejada del continente y necesita defenderse , sin ser una país expansionista.

J.C. Arancibia said...

Sorry, I don't have any info on the M4 mission package. I do know the software for this latest batch of planes was supposed to be better than what was installed in the first group of Dutch F-16s.

Anonymous said...

I suppose that might solve my question then. Thanks for answering, you have a great blog I appreciate the effort you put into it and I like reading it.

J.C. Arancibia said...

Thanks!