Kartik wrote:Is there a specific reason why? Apart from the political tensions with the megalomaniac Erdogan in power?
First they don't have a radar operational and it is not an easy task to just create one and prove it out given the developmental and operational test program required and the range and test infrastructure required. I don't know if they've run any program like that before EVEN WITH cooperation from the original equipment IP owner and integrator. And it isn't easy to do so for something like an upgraded F-16A class of aircraft. The SWaP limits are tough to work around and you have to add the cost sensitivity to it. Just look at what the UAE had to spend to ugprade the cooling and power generaiton on the F-16 to get to the block 60 configuration. Second, the level of cooperation with Lockheed has been significantly reduced and Northrop Grumman and Lockheed have shown signs of very aggressively thwarting any competition that comes their way in terms of creating competition outside of the US. They want to dominate the F-16 market. In fact, even within the US the way they shut down Raytheon and BAE out of the F-16 program goes to show that they will defend their turf. If Turkey wants to go on its own and reject the IP rights then its defense industry will suffer. Pakistan is a tiny market..future cooperation with US defense industry is many times that in terms of $ value.
Israel had at one time required the Elta 2032 to be integrated on the F-16I. But then they were forced to accept the APG-68 on the F-16I since the State Dept. refused to allow them to integrate the Elta 2032 onboard..
Exactly. The GOTUS pays for a lot of Israeli equipment including those F-16's, and a significant portion of Israel's Missile Defense program. To do that requires congressional support and these radars and other equipment are manufactured in someone's district which means jobs. If Israel wants greater level of customization, it can spend its own money but then this is a cooperative program so usually they work it out internally (like they did with the F-35 CNI customization). To think that Turkey can just elbow its way into the F-16 upgrade and mod market is really not realistic. There is zero incentive for the US to allow Turkey to create competitions for these systems. I mean Turkey doesn't even have the F-35 leverage now since it got kicked out. This is akin to the recent attempt by Israel to try to push upgraded F-16's paid for by US taxpayers to a third party, defying the basic rules and regulations that they themselves agreed to. The only precedent for this is the Israeli-Singapore deals which came through after both worked with the US government to flesh them out as a one-off.
Kartik wrote:Boeing resurrects effort to turn JDAM into cheap cruise missile
Boeing's PR sucks. This is a dodo. The JSOW is already operational, and the JSOW-ER EMD and production contact is expected soon and it has already been demonstrated a couple of times now. There is only so much space for a slow, high RCS target at those distances. Even their JDAM-ER flopped because the USAF considered the time-to-target was unacceptable (the USAF doesn't want a glider with anything more than 60-70 km range - it takes too long to get to target). And their JASSM analogy is also flawed. The standard JASSM hasn't been in production for half a decade. The ER version has nearly a 1000 km range, while the XR version currently in development is going to improve that by 30-50%. And it is a stealthy weapon with dual-mode targeting (and is networked).
Boeing also dusted off their T-3 Variable Flow Ducted Ramjet missiles for the AFA conference. Though they flew that missile 2-3 times and were succesfull in testing, the USAF didn't want a VFDR system and chose something different. Again, they showed up with something that their main customers have already rejected. This is a big problem going forward for Boeing Defense. They are just not producing a lot of stuff that their customers seem to want.