One of the largest recipients of U.S. government contracts, Raytheon has been awarded a $70,4 million contract for F-16 engineering services.
The contract award from Air Force Life Cycle Management Center enables the company to provide for engineering services, organic depot stand-up support, interim contract support, and production support of the F-16 Center Display Unit.
“Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is expected to be complete by Feb. 28, 2025,” said in a statement by the U.S. Department of Defense.
This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2017, 2018 and 2019 procurement; and National Guard and Reserve equipment appropriation funds in the amount of $23,5 million are being obligated on the first task order at the time of award.
The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system for the United States and allied nations.
In an air combat role, the F-16’s maneuverability and combat radius (distance it can fly to enter air combat, stay, fight and return) exceed that of all potential threat fighter aircraft. It can locate targets in all weather conditions and detect low flying aircraft in radar ground clutter.
In an air-to-surface role, the F-16 can fly more than 500 miles (860 kilometers), deliver its weapons with superior accuracy, defend itself against enemy aircraft, and return to its starting point. An all-weather capability allows it to accurately deliver ordnance during non-visual bombing conditions.