Turkey has taken significant strides in bolstering its military capabilities by officially commencing the second phase of the Ozgur 2 program, an ambitious indigenous upgrade initiative for its F-16 fleet. Spearheaded by the Presidency of Defense Industries, the program aims to modernize and enhance the capabilities of the Turkish Air Force’s F-16 Block-30/40/50 jets.

Revolutionizing Turkey’s F-16 Fleet

The Ozgur upgrade program, which began in 2022, has already witnessed the successful delivery of the first upgraded Block-30 in May. After rigorous testing and evaluation of the F-16 prototype integrated with cutting-edge technology developed by the Turkish defense industry, the serial modernization phase of the fleet has now been initiated.

The program focuses on modernizing the structural and avionic aspects of the F-16 Block 30 fighter aircraft. Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) has carried out the structural modernization, increasing the airframe’s flight hours from 8,000 to 12,000, while the avionics modernization will include a wide array of enhancements.

The first modernized aircraft under the F-16 ÖZGÜR Project is expected to be handed over to the Air Force later this year.