By Arie Egozi
The many operational missions the Lockheed Martin F-16I of the Israeli Airforce (IAF) perform, and the new weapons systems used in those missions, have resulted in the development of a software that enables the implementation of new applications in a significantly shorter time than it takes to develop a new program block.
The IAF was very general about the new capabilities that have been enabled, and only said that the new software allows for quicker responses to operational requirements such as fuel malfunctions, calculations in the aircraft and the “simultaneous launch of multiple munitions at multiple targets”.
The IAF F-16 I (SUFA) is now the backbone of the IAF. The four squadrons are the busiest in the force.
“One of the most significant capabilities of the IAF and the ‘Sufa’ Division is the ability to develop systems by ourselves, which means that we don’t depend on the manufacturer’s means”, Maj. G’, Head of the IAF’s F-16 & Trainer Aircraft Department told the IAF’s website.