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    Lockheed Martin / General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon Lightweight Multirole 4th Generation Fighter


    The multirole-minded Lockheed F-16 Fighting Falcon has proven a favorite in the export market with over 20 operators committed to the type.



     Updated: 4/5/2017; Authored By Dan Alex; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com


    The General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin) F-16 "Fighting Falcon" was a product of Cold War-development and introduced along the lines of agility, lightweight classification and controlled costs - a multirole fighter to serve alongside the air superiority-minded McDonnell Douglas F-15 "Eagle". First flying on January 20th, 1974, the F-16 was formally introduced on August 17th, 1978 and has since seen production reach over 4,500 units with sales to over 25 foreign parties. Modernization programs have helped to evolve the F-16 in reaching all-new capabilities over the modern battlefield, allowing the system to retain a viable presence in the exceedingly computer-controlled airspaces of today. Its multirole nature allows the standard aircraft design to undertake a variety of roles as required and customizability allows each operator to field local weaponry, systems and equipment as needed.

    Despite its given name of "Fighting Falcon", the F-16 is also recognized under the nickname of "Viper". As it stands by today's classification conventions, the F-16 is deemed a "Fourth Generation Fighter" now that the Lockheed F-22 Raptor has officially ushered in the era of the "Fifth Generation Fighter". However, the costs associated with 5th generation types ensure that many 4th generation models will continue flying into the 2030s.

    The F-16 in U.S. service (and perhaps elsewhere) is expected to be replaced by the highly touted Lockheed F-35 "Lightning II" stealth-minded strike fighter. However, mounting delays and cost overruns in the program have extended the useful service lives of existing Fourth Generation Fighters like the F-16s for the near future, prompting various modernization programs to be enacted in keep the aircraft flying for years to come. Additionally, the procurement costs associated with new technology will keep the F-16 a mainstay of foreign air powers for the foreseeable decade and perhaps beyond.


    Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon (Block 50) Technical Specifications


    Service Year: 1978
    Type: Lightweight Multirole 4th Generation Fighter
    National Origin: United States
    Manufacturer(s): General Dynamics / Lockheed Martin - USA
    Production Total: 4,588



    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)


    Operating Crew: 1
    Length: 49.21 feet (15 meters)
    Width: 32.81 feet (10.00 meters)
    Height: 15.75 feet (4.80 meters)

    Weight (Empty): 18,960 lb (8,600 kg)
    Weight (MTOW): 42,329 lb (19,200 kg)

    Installed Power and Standard Day Performance


    Engine(s): 1 x General Electric F110-GE-100 turbofan engine developing 28,600 lb of thrust with reheat/afterburner.

    Maximum Speed: 1,317 mph (2,120 kph; 1,145 knots)
    Maximum Range: 2,622 miles (4,220 km)
    Service Ceiling: 50,000 feet (15,240 meters; 9.47 miles)
    Rate-of-Climb: 50,000 feet-per-minute (15,240 m/min)

    Armament / Mission Payload


    STANDARD:
    1 x 20mm M61A1 Gatling-style internal cannon.

    OPTIONAL:
    Depending on production model, up to 17,000lbs of mixed external stores including mission equipment pods, ECM pods and fuel tanks. Ordnance options include AIM-9 Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missiles, AIM-120 Amraam medium-range air-to-air missiles, AGM-65 Maverick air-to-ground missiles
    Penguin Anti-Ship missiles, Runway Denial Bombs
    Cluster Bombs, Laser-Guided Bombs,GPS-Guided Bombs andConventional Drop Bombs.

    Global Operators / Customers


    Bahrain; Belgium; Chile; Denmark; Egypt; Greece; Indonesia; Iraq; Israel; Jordan; Morocco; Netherlands; Norway; Oman; Pakistan; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Singapore; South Korea; Taiwan; Thailand; Turkey; United Arab Emirates; United States; Venezuela

    Model Variants (Including Prototypes)


    F-16 "Fighting Falcon" - Base Series Name

    F-16A - Single-Seat and Base Production Model; production Blocks 1, 5, 10, 15 (enlarged horizontal stabilizers) and 20.

    F-16B - Two-Seat Variant of F-16A production model

    F-16C - Single-Seat Improvement Program Model appearing in 1984; Block 25 with modernized avionics and radar; all-weather service; support for AIM-7 and AIM-120 AMRAAM; includes Blocks 30/32, 40/42 and 50/52.

    F-16D - Two-Seat Improvement Program Model; Block 25 with modernized avionics and radar; all-weather service; support for AIM-7 and AIM-120 AMRAAM; includes Blocks 30/32, 40/42 and 50/52.

    F-16E - Single-Seat; based on F-16C Block 50/52; improved radar and avionics; uprated General Electric turbofan engine; UAE export model

    F-16F - Two-Seat; based on F-16D Block 50/52; improved radar and avionics; uprated General Electric turbofan engine; UAE export model

    F-16N - 22 produced for the US Navy based on the F-16C model series.

    TF-16N - 4 produced for the US Navy based on the F-16D model series.

    F-16XL - Delta-Wing Technology Demonstrator based on the F-16A.

    F-2 - Mitsubishi-produced multi-role fighter based on the General Dynamics F-16 for Japanese Self-Defense Forces; dimensionally larger than American F-16.

    F-16I "Sufa" (Storm) - Israeli export order delivered in dual-seat fighter configuration; advanced development of the F-16 fighter series; based on the F-16D model series.

    F-16IN - Proposed MRCA competition development based on F-16E/F Block 60; since abandoned.

    F-16IQ - Projected Iraqi Export Model; 18 marked for possible sale

    F-16V "Viper" - Proposed modernized and improved F-16 variant in development with Lockheed.

    KF-16 - South Korean Air Force local license production variant.

    QF-16A - Unmanned drone version by Boeing.

    F-16 Block 70/72 - Advanced model developed for Indian use/local production.

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