Modernization of F-16 fighter USAF programmke CAPES (Combat Avionics Programmed Extension Suite), is likely to be excluded from the budget in 2015, Defense News reported on January 27.
For this program there was planned to upgrade 300 F-16 U.S. Air Force and 146 F-16A / B Air Force Taiwan. Sources said that instead of this money will go to programs from increasing life aircraft, as for modernization of other types of fighters. Price applets CAPES is unknown, but according to sources, it makes billions of dollars.
For this program there was planned to equip fighter radar with active phased SABR (Scalable Agile Beam Radar) of Northrop Grumman, which in 2013 won the competition, beating Raytheon radar ACR (Advanced Combat Radar). In addition, the fighters had to get a new functional color tactical display with the highest resolution, a set of EW equipment and communication system.
Cancellation of this programmki dealt a severe blow to the prospects of modernization of Taiwan F-16 fighters. Air Force tied the country update utility fleet of combat aircraft valued at 5.3 billion dollars with the implementation of programs from the U.S.. According to the director of the Taiwan Center for analysis of the issues in the field of national security Mai Fu (Fu Mei), the Ministry of Defense observed something similar to «panic.» Analysts warned the military department of the risks of such an approach, but were not heard.