Winner Take All
After promising earlier this year to
hold a competition on part of a broad F-16 fighter upgrade program known as
CAPES, the Air Force has reversed its acquisition strategy for Active
Electronically Scanned Array radars, the centerpiece of the F-16 CAPES
modernization. The service announced on Oct. 11 that it intends to sole-source
that development work to Lockheed Martin, the F-16's original manufacturer and
the prime integrator on CAPES, a role it also received on a sole-source basis. Inside
the Air Force reported in June that AESA radar development and production
will make up about 75 percent of CAPES' total $1.9 billion estimated value.
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