New Brains for USAF F-16s

The US Air Force remains the world’s largest operator of the F-16 Fighting Falcon with an active fleet in excess of 900 aircraft. As part of the essential modernisation programme so the US Air Force can keep the F-16 fit for combat until its out-of-service date, the service selected Raytheon to develop a new Modular Mission Computer Upgrade (MMCU).

Raytheon claims more than twice the processing power and 40 times the memory of the F-16’s current mission computer.

The MMCU combines multi-core highspeed processing and high-speed data networks that will give the F-16 capability to operate with advanced sensors, especially an active electronically scanned array radar, and carry new weapon systems.