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Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon vs McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet Comparison


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Subjects
Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon (Block 50)
Lightweight Multirole 4th Generation Fighter
McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet
Multirole Jet-Powered Fighter Aircraft
Basics
ORIGIN
United States
ORIGIN
Canada
YEAR
1978 [Diff.-5 yrs]
YEAR
1983 [Diff.+5 yrs]
CREW
1
CREW
1 or 2
PRODUCTION
4,604 units [Diff.+4,466]
PRODUCTION
138 units [Diff.-4,466]
Dimensions
LENGTH
49.2 ft (15.0 m) [Diff.-6.8 ft]
LENGTH
56.0 ft (17.1 m) [Diff.+6.8 ft]
WIDTH/SPAN
32.8 ft (10.0 m) [Diff.-7.6 ft]
WIDTH/SPAN
40.4 ft (12.3 m) [Diff.+7.6 ft]
HEIGHT
15.7 ft (4.8 m) [Diff.+0.5 ft]
HEIGHT
15.3 ft (4.7 m) [Diff.-0.5 ft]
Relative Size Comparison
Shapes below depict aircraft from wingtip-to-wingtip / nose-to-tail assuming aircraft are being viewed from overhead perspective (the nose pointing towards the top of the screen). Helicopter widths include main rotor diameter. If any dimensional values are "NA" in the database then the presented shapes may appear skewed.
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Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon (Block 50)
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McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet
Weights
EMPTY WT.
18,960 lb (8,600 kg) [Diff.-4,090 lb]
EMPTY WT.
23,049 lb (10,455 kg) [Diff.+4,090 lb]
M.T.O.W.
42,329 lb (19,200 kg) [Diff.-9,259 lb]
M.T.O.W.
51,588 lb (23,400 kg) [Diff.+9,259 lb]
Installed Power
1 x General Electric F110-GE-100 afterburning turbofan engine developing 28,600 lb of thrust with reheat.
2 x General Electric F404-GE-400 afterburning turbofan engines developing 16,000lb of thrust each.
Performance
SPEED
1,317 mph (2,120 kph) [Diff.+190 mph]
SPEED
1,128 mph (1,815 kph) [Diff.-190 mph]
RANGE
2,622 miles (4,220 km) [Diff.+553 miles]
RANGE
2,069 miles (3,330 km) [Diff.-553 miles]
CEILING
50,000 ft (15,240 m) [Diff.+787 feet]
CEILING
49,213 ft (15,000 m) [Diff.-787 feet]
RATE-OF-CLIMB
50,000 ft/min [Diff.0 feet]
RATE-OF-CLIMB
50,000 ft/min [Diff.0 feet]
Armament
STANDARD:
1 x 20mm M61A1 Gatling-style internal automatic cannon.

OPTIONAL:
Depending on production model, up to 17,000lb 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, and Conventional Drop Bombs.
STANDARD:
1 x 20mm M61A1 Vulcan internal Gatling-style cannon
2 x AIM-9 Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missiles on wingtip launchers.

OPTIONAL:
External stores across nine hardpoints up to 13,700lb to include:

AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles
AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missiles
AIM-7 Sparrow medium-range air-to-air missiles
AGM-65 Maverick air-to-surface missiles
Rocket Pods
Laser- / Precision-guided drop bombs
Conventional drop bombs
External fuel tanks (jettisonable)
Special mission pods (as needed)
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(Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon)
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(McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet)
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