A modification kit is a set of wires and parts used to make upgrades to an aircraft. There are two main reasons for aircraft upgrades.
The modification kits, sometimes called Loose Wire Assemblies (LWAs) are used to either standardize the aircraft or to improve service life. Standardizing the aircraft helps facilitate quick repairs in the field and get the planes back in the air as quickly as possible. Improving service life for an aircraft not only helps with safety, but helps a country to save money.
Even though the first F-16 flew in 1976, there are still over 1000 flying in the United States and many more flying for other countries around the world. For FY2015 and FY2016, the DoD budgeted $19.1 and $32.6 million for F-16 aircraft modifications. The F-16V, the latest F-16 configuration, includes numerous enhancements designed to keep the F-16 at the forefront of international security. As Lockheed Martin’s Licensee for all F-16 electrical products, InterConnect will be supporting the United States and the F-16 modification programs for many years to come.