Lockheed Martin has contracted L3Harris Technologies for development of a new, advanced EW system to protect US and allied F-16 multi-role fighters against emerging radar and electronic threats.

L3Harris designed VIPER SHIELD to provide US and global coalition partners with cutting-edge countermeasures against sophisticated, ever-changing threats. The baseline version is integrated into the aircraft fuselage, saving space for additional capability, such as external fuel pods. Seamless integration with the F-16’s weapon systems, including radar, enables VIPER SHIELD to have broad application to the F-16 Block 70/72 configurations, which over a dozen nations plan to fly.

The L3Harris VIPER SHIELD EW system enables the F-16 to continue to be one of the most effective combat aircraft in the world,” explained Ed Zoiss, President, Space and Airborne Systems, L3Harris. “Our 30-year legacy on the F-16, coupled with the advanced technologies being developed for VIPER SHIELD, provide our warfighters and international partners with unprecedented self-protection that helps to ensure mission success.”

L3Harris has delivered EW solutions for a wide variety of airborne platforms for more than 60 years, including strategic bombers, tactical fighters and rotary aircraft.

VIPER SHIELD will protect modern F-16s against emerging threats, extending the air combat utility of the marque’s latest iterations. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

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