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F-16C (Block 52) American Multirole Fighter

"Fixed Wing Aircraft"
"Fighter Aircraft"
"United States"
"PRO_CFE Treaty"
"PRO_South Korea (Republic of Korea)"
"PRO_United Arab Emirates"
"PRO_United States of America"
"PRO_Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)"
notes"F-16C/D The F-16C (single seat) and F-16D (two seats) variants entered production in 1984. The first C/D version was the Block 25 with improved cockpit avionics and radar which added all-weather capability with beyond-visual-range (BVR) AIM-7 and AIM-120 air-air missiles. Block 30/32, 40/42, and 50/52 were later C/D versions. The F-16C/D had a unit cost of US$18.8 million (1998). Operational cost per flight hour has been estimated at $7,000 to $22,470 or $24,000, depending on the calculation method. The General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon is a single-engine supersonic multirole fighter aircraft originally developed by General Dynamics for the United States Air Force (USAF). Designed as an air superiority day fighter, it evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft. Over 4,600 aircraft have been built since production was approved in 1976. Although no longer being purchased by the U.S. Air Force, improved versions are being built for export customers. In 1993, General Dynamics sold its aircraft manufacturing business to the Lockheed Corporation, which in turn became part of Lockheed Martin after a 1995 merger with Martin Marietta. The Fighting Falcon's key features include a frameless bubble canopy for better visibility, a side-mounted control stick to ease control while maneuvering, an ejection seat reclined 30 degrees from vertical to reduce the effect of g-forces on the pilot, and the first use of a relaxed static stability/fly-by-wire flight control system that helps to make it an agile aircraft. The F-16 has an internal M61 Vulcan cannon and 11 locations for mounting weapons and other mission equipment. The F-16's official name is "Fighting Falcon", but "Viper" is commonly used by its pilots and crews, due to a perceived resemblance to a viper snake as well as the Colonial Viper starfighter on Battlestar Galactica which aired at the time of the F-16 entered service. In addition to active duty in the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserve Command, and Air National Guard units, the aircraft is also used by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team, and as an adversary/aggressor aircraft by the United States Navy. The F-16 has also been procured to serve in the air forces of 25 other nations. As of 2015, it is the world's most numerous fixed-wing aircraft in military service"
countryOfOrigin"United States"
proliferation"Bahrain, Belgium, CFE Treaty, Chile, Denmark, Egypt, Greece, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, South Korea (Republic of Korea), Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)"
"All Regions"
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"CFE Treaty"
"South Korea (Republic of Korea)"
"United Arab Emirates"
"United States of America"
"Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)"
name"Alternate Designation(s)"
value"F-16C (Block 52)"
value"Multirole Fighter Aircraft"
value"General Dynamics Lockheed Martin"
name"Number of Engines"
name"Number of Hard Points"
value"2 × wing-tip air-to-air missile launch rails, 6 × under-wing, and 3 × under-fuselage pylon (2 of 3 for sensors) stations with a capacity of up to 7,700 kg of stores."
value"15.03 m"
name"Width (Wing Span)"
value"9.45 m"
value"5.09 m"
value"4.00 m"
name"Wheel Track"
value"2.38 m"
name"Tail Plane Span"
value"5.58 m"
name"Wing Area"
value"27.87 m sq"
name"Taileron Area"
value"5.92 m sq"
name"Fin Area"
value"4.00 m sq"
name"Empty Weight, with 229 Engine"
value"8,432 kg"
name"Combat Weight with 229 Engine"
value"12,292 kg with 2 x AAM, full fuel"
name"Engine Name"
value"1 x Pratt and Whitney F100-PW-229"
name"Engine Type"
name"Engine Power"
value"17,800 lbf (79 kN) thrust dry, 29,160 lbf (129.7 kN) with afterburner"
name"Internal Fuel Capacity"
value"4,060 liters"
name"External Fuel Capacity"
value"3,940 liters"
name"Maximum Speed"
value"2,124 kph, Mach 2+"
value"18,300 m"
name"Radius, CAP"
value"1,605 km w/2 x AMRAAM, 2 x AIM-9, max internal and external fuel"
name"Radius, CAS"
value"1,255 km) w/2 x AAM, 2 x 2,000-lb (907-kg) Mk 84 bombs, max fuel"
name"Ferry Range"
value"4,215 km"
name"Load Limit"
value"9 g"
name"Main Gun System"
value"1 x M61 Vulcan"
value"Rotary Cannon"
value"20 mm"
value"1.827 m"
value"112 kg"
value"6-barrel (progressive RH parabolic twist, 9 grooves)"
value"Hydraulically operated, electrically fired, rotary cannon"
name"Rate of Fire"
value"6,000 rounds per minute"
name"Muzzle Velocity"
value"1,050 m/s"
name"Feed System"
value"Belt or linkless feed system"
value"20 mm"
value"20×102 mm"
name"Basic Load"
value"515 Rounds"
name"Wingtip Rails"
value"2 x stations, 318 kg each, AAMs only"
name"Middle Wing"
value"2 x stations, 1,588 kg each"
name"Indoor Wing"
value"2 x stations, 2,041 kg each"
value"2 x stations, 250 kg each for EW or navigation/targeting pods"
value"1 x hardpoint, 998 kg"
name"Fire Control / Avionics"
name"Fire Control Radar"
value"Northrop Grumman APG-68(V)XM"
name"Target and Navigation Pods"
value"AN/AQS-213 HARM targeting system; Lockheed Martin Sharpshooter; Lockheed Martin AN/AAQ-13/14 LANTIRN; Pathfinder; Rafael Litening II; GEC Marconi Atlantic FLIR"
name"Radar Warning System"
value"AN/ALR-69; AN/ALR-65M"
name"Stealth Properties"
name"Heat Signature Reduction"
name"Add on Armor"
name"NBC Protection"
name"EW Counter Measures"
value"Yes, Jammer Pods:"
value"Yes, AN/ALQ-119; AN/ALQ-131; AN/ALQ-165; AN/ALQ-184; AN/ALQ-162; Litton ASPIS; Dassault Electronique Carapace; Elisra SPS 3000; Rapport III"
notes"F-16 models are denoted by increasing block numbers to denote upgrades. The blocks cover both single- and two-seat versions. A variety of software, hardware, systems, weapons compatibility, and structural enhancements have been instituted over the years to gradually upgrade production models and retrofit delivered aircraft. While many F-16s were produced according to these block designs, there have been many other variants with significant changes, usually due to modification programs. Other changes have resulted in role-specialization, such as the close air support and reconnaissance variants. Several models were also developed to test new technology. The F-16 design also inspired the design of other aircraft, which are considered derivatives. Older F-16s are being converted into QF-16 drone targets."
notes"The F-16A (single seat) and F-16B (two seats) were initial production variants. These variants include the Block 1, 5, 10, and 20 versions. Block 15 was the first major change to the F-16 with larger horizontal stabilizers. It is the most numerous of all F-16 variants with 475 produced. Many F-16A and B aircraft have been upgraded to the Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) Block 20 standard, becoming functionally equivalent to mid-production C/D models."
notes"The F-16C (single seat) and F-16D (two seat) variants entered production in 1984. The first C/D version was the Block 25 with improved cockpit avionics and radar which added all-weather capability with beyond-visual-range (BVR) AIM-7 and AIM-120 air-air missiles. Block 30/32, 40/42, and 50/52 were later C/D versions. The F-16C/D had a unit cost of US$18.8 million (1998). Operational cost per flight hour has been estimated at $7,000 to $22,470 or $24,000, depending on calculation method."
notes"The F-16E (single seat) and F-16F (two seat) are newer F-16 Block 60 variants based on the F-16C/D Block 50/52. The United Arab Emirates invested heavily in its development. It features improved AN/APG-80 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, avionics, conformal fuel tanks (CFTs), and the more powerful General Electric F110-GE-132 engine."
notes"For the Indian MRCA competition for the Indian Air Force, Lockheed Martin offered the F-16IN Super Viper.[195] The F-16IN is based on the F-16E/F Block 60 and features conformal fuel tanks; AN/APG-80 AESA radar, GE F110-GE-132A engine with FADEC controls; electronic warfare suite and Infra-red search and track (IRST) unit; updated glass cockpit; and a helmet-mounted cueing system. As of 2011, the F-16IN is no longer in the competition. In 2016, Lockheed Martin offered the new F-16 Block 70/72 version to India under the Make in India program. In 2016, Indian government offered to purchase 200 (potentially up to 300) fighters in a deal worth $13–15bn. As of 2017, Lockheed Martin has agreed to manufacture F-16 Block 70 fighters in India with the Indian defense firm Tata Advanced Systems Limited. The new production line could be used to build F-16s for India and for exports."
notes"In September 2010, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency informed the United States Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale of 18 F-16IQ aircraft along with the associated equipment and services to the newly reformed Iraqi Air Force. Total value of sale is estimated at US$4.2 billion."
notes"The F-16N was an adversary aircraft operated by the U.S. Navy. It is based on the standard F-16C/D Block 30 and is powered by the General Electric F110-GE-100 engine, and is capable of super cruise. The F-16N has a strengthened wing and is capable of carrying an Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation (ACMI) pod on the starboard wingtip. Although the single-seat F-16Ns and twin-seat (T)F-16Ns are based on the early-production small-inlet Block 30 F-16C/D airframe, they retain the APG-66 radar of the F-16A/B. In addition, the aircraft's 20 mm cannon has been removed, as has the ASPJ, and they carry no missiles. Their EW fit consists of an ALR-69 radar warning receiver (RWR) and an ALE-40 chaff/flare dispenser. The F-16Ns and (T)F-16Ns have the standard Air Force tailhook and undercarriage and are not aircraft carrier capable. Production totaled 26 airframes, of which 22 are single-seat F-16Ns and four are twin-seat TF-16Ns. The initial batch of aircraft were in service between 1988 and 1998. At that time, hairline cracks were discovered in several bulkheads and the Navy did not have the resources to replace them, so the aircraft were eventually retired, with one aircraft sent to the collection of the National Naval Aviation Museum at NAS Pensacola, Florida, and the remainder placed in storage at Davis-Monthan AFB. These aircraft were later replaced by embargoed ex-Pakistani F-16s in 2003. The original inventory of F-16Ns were previously operated by adversary squadrons at NAS Oceana, Virginia; NAS Key West, Florida and the former NAS Miramar, California. The current F-16A/B aircraft are operated by the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center at NAS Fallon, Nevada."
notes"At the 2012 Singapore Air Show Lockheed Martin unveiled plans for the new F-16V variant with the V suffix for its Viper nickname. It features an AN/APG-83 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, a new mission computer and electronic warfare suite, automated ground collision avoidance system, and various cockpit improvements; this package is an option on current production F-16s and can be retrofitted to most in service F-16s. First flight took place 21 October 2015. Lockheed and AIDC both invested in the development of the aircraft and will share revenue from all sales and upgrades. Upgrades to Taiwan's F-16 fleet began in January 2017. The first country to confirm the purchase of 16 new F-16V Block 70/72 was Bahrain. Slovakia announced on 11 July 2018 that it intends to purchase 14 F-16V Block 70/72 aircraft. Lockheed Martin has redesignated the F-16V Block 70 as the "F-21" in its offering for India's fighter requirement. The Republic of China Air Force announced on 19 March 2019 that it formally requested the purchase of an additional 66 F-16V jets. The Trump administration approved the sale on 20 August 2019. On 14 August 2020, Lockheed Martin was awarded a US$62 billion contract by the US DoD that includes 66 new F-16s at US$8 billion for Taiwan."
notes"In September 2013, Boeing and the U.S. Air Force tested an unmanned F-16, with two US Air Force pilots controlling the airplane from the ground as it flew from Tyndall AFB over the Gulf of Mexico."
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