A question I wanted to ask... a few years ago one of our aerospace companies was contracted to perform the refurbishment and modernization programs of USAF F-16s that were deployed in the Pacific. On the other hand, the US did not permit the same aerospace companies to perform similar upgrades on our own KF-16, allowing only LM and BAE systems to compete for the tender. Does anyone know the probable cause for this ironic situation? We modernize USAF's own F-16s but not our own?
This comes as Lockheed Martin is locked in competition with BAE Systems over a program for avionics upgrades and weapons systems integration for 135 KF-16C/Ds for the South Korean air force (ROKAF) worth about US$1 billion.