The Modular Mission Computer (MMC) provides airborne processing power that will allow the F-16 to execute mission requirements well into the 21st century.
A cost-effective mid-life update for the F-16, the MMC delivers enhanced computing power to the aircraft's avionics and weapon systems. As a member of Lockheed Martin's F-16 team, Raytheon developed a single high-performance system to replace the fighter jet's three original computers. The MMC's advanced features — and potential for expansion — enable the F-16 to meet present and future mission challenges.
For pilots, the MMC significantly improves situational awareness, air-to-air capabilities, targeting accuracy and information. Equipped with this powerful computer, the F-16 can take greater advantage of such growth technologies as helmet-mounted cueing systems, advanced weapons loads, reconnaissance pods and forward-looking infrared targeting and navigation systems.
The streamlined MMC is smaller, lighter and more efficient than its predecessor systems. Reducing weight by 55 percent, volume by 42 percent and power usage by 32 percent, the updated system is more reliable and less costly to maintain. Its modular design allows two-level maintenance (i.e., flight-line replacement of line replaceable modules), eliminating the need to remove and replace the entire computer. Mean time between failure exceeds 1245 hours.
With more than 1,600 shipsets either delivered or on order, the MMC enjoys a worldwide clientele. Customers include the U.S. Air Force and numerous international governments, including Belgium, Chile, Denmark, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Taiwan and Turkey.