Global Survival Technology provider Survitec has been awarded a contract by Lockheed Martin to develop new flight equipment as part of a capability upgrade for the F-16 in service with air forces worldwide.
The F-16 Pilot Flight Equipment will use a fully modular design philosophy employed on F-35 Lightning II. Survitec holds the sole source contract for the full below-neck Pilot Flight Ensemble (PFE).
The equipment currently being developed will aid pilot comfort and mobility whilst operating the aircraft and use the latest Survival Technology to provide protection during all phases of flight, ejection, and post-ejection survival, including in-water flotation and thermal protection.
An extensive range of sizes and adjustment features will ensure excellent anthropometric fit across the full range of male and female pilots.
“This is a strategically important contract for Survitec, which builds on our current position supplying the highest performing PFE globally to over 40 types of training and front-line aircraft, including Eurofighter Typhoon, KF-21, PC21 and 5th generation platforms such as F-35,” said Martin Whittaker, CEO Aerospace and Defence, Survitec.
Launch customers for Viper include Taiwan and another customer, with many other air forces actively evaluating the new F-16’s enhanced performance.
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