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Lockheed Martin selects L3Harris for F-16 countermeasures
Wednesday, 24 March 2021
The baseline version of the Viper Shield electronic warfare system is integrated into the aircraft fuselage, saving space for additional capability such as a fuel pod that could be attached externally.

L3Harris Technologies has been awarded a contract from Lockheed Martin for the development of a new advanced electronic warfare system to protect the international F-16 multirole fighter aircraft against emerging radar and electronic threats.

L3Harris designed Viper Shield to provide U.S. and global coalition partners with cutting-edge countermeasures against sophisticated, ever-changing threats. The baseline version is integrated into the aircraft fuselage, saving space for additional capability such as a fuel pod that could be attached externally to increase mission range.

Seamless integration with the F-16's weapon systems, including the aircraft's radar, enables Viper Shield to have broad application to Lockheed Martin's F-16 Block 70/72 aircraft configurations. More than a dozen countries in the Middle East, Asia and Europe plan to fly the F-16 Block 70/72 variant.

"The L3Harris Viper Shield EW system enables the F-16 to continue to be one of the most effective combat aircraft in the world," says Ed Zoiss, President, Space and Airborne Systems, L3Harris. "Our 30-year legacy on the F-16, coupled with the advanced technologies being developed for Viper Shield, provide our warfighters and international partners with unprecedented self-protection that helps to ensure mission success."

L3Harris has delivered EW solutions for a wide variety of airborne platforms for more than 60 years, including strategic bombers, tactical fighters and rotary aircraft.

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L3 Harris Technologies (was Harris Electronic Systems) Aircraft Structural Components, Bombing-Navigation Radar, Electric Power Controllers, Electronic Warfare Systems, IFF Interrogators, Infrared Target Designators, Interceptor Fire Control Radar, Laser Targeting Systems, Surveillance/Air Defense Radar, Weapons Countermeasures
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Related aircraft programs:
Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon
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Weapons Systems