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A QF-16 full-scale aerial target from the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron flies over the Gulf of Mexico during its first unmanned flight at Tyndall AFB, Fla., Sept. 19, 2013. Air Force photo by MSgt. J. Scott Wilcox.

The Air Force issued Boeing an order for 25 converted QF-16 full-scale aerial target drones under a $28.5 million contract option, the Pentagon announced. The sum covers Lot 3 production on Boeing's conversion line at Cecil Field, Fla., and a four-year coverage of drone-specific systems supplied by the company, according to DOD's list of major contracts. The company delivered the first QF-16C under production Lot 1 to Tyndall AFB, Fla., March 11. Boeing is under contract to deliver an additional 13 of the converted F-16s under low rate initial production by early October. A further 23 FSAT conversions will be delivered as part of Lot 2 production through May 2016. Lot 3 production QF-16s will be delivered by the end of October 2017, according to DOD. Boeing is contracted to modify as many as 126 early-model F-16As and F-16Cs to replace the legacy QF-4 Phantom fleet.