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Lockheed Martin F-16V (Viper)

Multirole Lightweight 4th Generation Fighter

Lockheed Martin F-16V (Viper)

Multirole Lightweight 4th Generation Fighter

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
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Overview



The Lockheed Martin F-16V Viper is an active upgrade or new-build offering of the classic F-16 Fighting Falcon line.
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ORIGIN: United States
YEAR: 2017
STATUS: Active, In-Service
MANUFACTURER(S): Lockheed Martin - USA
PRODUCTION: 100
OPERATORS: Bahrain; Greece; Slovakia; Taiwan
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Technical Specifications



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Lockheed Martin F-16V model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 1
POWER: 1 x General Electric GE F110-GE afterburning turbofan engine developing 32,500lb of thrust.
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Armament



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

OPTIONAL:
11 total external hardpoints (2 x Wingtip; 3 x Fuselage; 6 x Underwing) for the carrying of various ordnance types (wingtip mounts reserved for Sidewinder or AMRAAM air-to-air missiles). Up to 17,000lb.

Supported ordnance includes short-range and medium-range air-to-air missiles, laser-guided / precision-guided drop bombs, conventional drop bombs, and rocket pods.
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Variants / Models



• F-16V ("Viper") - Base Series Designation.
• F-21 - F-16V rebranding for Indian Air Force proposal.


History



Detailing the development and operational history of the Lockheed Martin F-16V (Viper) Multirole Lightweight 4th Generation Fighter.  Entry last updated on 6/7/2019. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The Lockheed F-16V "Viper" is the ultimate incarnation for the storied Fighting Falcon lightweight multirole fighter line. The aircraft was debuted at the 2012 Singapore Air Show by Lockheed Martin and promises a slew of improvements for current Fighting Falcon operators (via direct upgrade of existing, in-service airframes) as well as those nations seeking to upgrade from older 4th Generation fighter forms (the Soviet-era MiG-29 Fulcrum is a major target of such sales efforts). The "V" in the designation has earned the new mark the nickname of "Viper".

The F-16V took to the air for the first time on October 21st, 2015.

The aircraft is equipped with the AN/APG-83 Active, Electronically-Scanned Array (AESA) radar in the nose as well as an all-modern/all-digital mission computer integrated into a revised cockpit. Ground collision avoidance is through an automated system and the fighter carries a new Electronic Warfare (EW) suite as part of its advanced design. The overall form and function of this multirole aircraft remain intact with its single-seat, single-engine arrangement as well as excellent ordnance-carrying capabilities (primarily missiles and rockets with an internal cannon designed for close-in work).

To date (2019), Viper operators include Bahrain (purchased), Greece, Slovakia (committed), and Taiwan (upgrades and purchased). Bahrain has ordered sixteen new-build Vipers (Block 70/72). The Block 70/72 is a modern Fighting Falcon design, adding up to 50% life to the series. Hellenic Air Force upgrades involve a direct Lockheed partnership to cover several aircraft types and bringing the work to Greece itself. Taiwan fleet upgrades began in January of 2017 and now includes a request to purchase sixty-six additional Viper units.

The F-16V has also been rebranded as the "F-21" for possible sale to India to fulfill a standing requirement. This entry is detailed elsewhere on this site.

The original Fighting Falcon forms came online in 1978 and over 4,600 (over 3,000 in active service) have been built to date (2019), making it one of the true Cold War (1947-1991) success stories. Operators number over twenty-five and include the United States Air Force (USAF), Israel, and several European powers. The former General Dynamics product is now under the Lockheed Martin brand label. Lockheed intends to keep the F-16 family viable until 2070 with the various planned initiatives.




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Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.

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Relative Maximum Speed
Hi: 1000mph
Lo: 500mph
This entry's maximum listed speed (917mph).

Graph average of 750 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production (100)
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Supported Roles
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A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue
Commitments / Honors
Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for pioneering aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon representing modern aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur War
Military lapel ribbon for experimental x-plane aircraft
* Ribbons not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns/operations.


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