General Dynamics F-16

The General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon is a single-engine multirole fighter aircraft originally developed for the USAF.

Designed as an air superiority day fighter, it evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft.

Variants

Pre-production variants

YF-16

F-16 FSD

Main production variants

F-16A/B, F-16A/B Block 1/5/10, F-16A/B Block 15, F-16A/B Block 20, F-16C/D, F-16C/D Block 25, F-16C/D Block 30/32, F-16C/D Block 40/42, F-16C/D Block 50/52, F-16C/D Block 50/52 Plus, F-16E/F, F-16E/F Block 60, F-16V Block 70/72

Major modification variants

F-16A/B Block 15 ADF, F-16A/B Block 15 OCU, F-16AM/BM Block 20 MLU, F-16C/D Block 30 F-16N/TF-16N, F-16CJ/DJ Block 50D/52D, F-16C/D Block 52M, F-16I Sufa

Special mission variants

A-16, F/A-16

Other CAS initiatives

F-16A(R), F-16 Recce, RF-16A/C

Major upgrade programs

F-16 MSIP, Pacer Loft I and II, Falcon UP, Falcon STAR, F-16 ACE, F-16 Falcon ONE, F-16 CCIP, CUPID, F-16C/D Barak 2020

Technology demonstrators, and test variants

Flight control variants

YF-16 CCV, HiMAT, F-16 SFW, F-16XL, NF-16D/VISTA/MATV, F-16U, F-16X Falcon 2000, F-16 Advanced Fighter Technology Integration, F-16 GCAS, F-16 Agile Falcon, F-16 ES, F-16 LOAN, F-16D ‘CK-1’

Engine variants

F-16/79, F-16/101

Proposed and other variants

Vought Model 1600/1601/1602,

F-16BR Block 62+ Super Viper,

F-16IN Block 70/72 Super Viper,

KF-16, GF-16, QF-16 ,F-21

Specifications

Crew

1

Length

49 ft 5 in (15.06 m)

Wingspan

32 ft 8 in (9.96 m)

Height

16 ft (4.9 m)

Wing area

300 sq ft (28 m2)

Airfoil

NACA 64A204

Empty weight

18,900 lb (8,573 kg)

Gross weight

26,500 lb (12,020 kg)

Max take-off weight

42,300 lb (19,187 kg)

Fuel capacity

7,000 pounds (3,200 kg) internals

Powerplant

1 × General Electric F110-GE-129 afterburning turbofan (for Block 50 version), 17,155 lbf (76.31 kN) thrust dry, 29,500 lbf (131 kN) with afterburner

Powerplant

1 × Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 afterburning turbofan (for Block 52 version), 17,800 lbf (79 kN) thrust dry, 29,560 lbf (131.5 kN) with afterburner

Performance

Maximum speed

Mach 2.05 1,145 kn (1,318 mph; 2,121 km/h) at 40,000 feet, clean

Mach 1.2, 800 kn (921 mph; 1,482 km/h) at sea level

Combat range

295 nmi (339 mi, 546 km) on a hi-lo-hi mission with 4 × 1,000 lb (454 kg) bombs

Ferry range

2,277 nmi (2,620 mi, 4,217 km) with drop tanks

Service ceiling

60,000 ft (18,000 m)

G limits

+9.0

Roll rate

324°/s

Rate of climb

72,000 ft/min (370 m/s)

Wing loading

88.3 lb/sq ft (431 kg/m2)

Thrust/weight

1.095 (1.24 with loaded weight & 50% internal fuel)

Armament

Guns

1 × 20 mm (0.787 in) M61A1 Vulcan 6-barrel rotary cannon, 511 rounds

Hardpoints

2 × wing-tip air-to-air missile launch rails,

6 × underwing, and 3 × under fuselage pylon (2 of 3 for sensors) stations with a capacity of up to 17,000 lb (7,700 kg) of stores,

Rockets

4 × LAU-61/LAU-68 rocket pods (each with 19/7 × Hydra 70 mm/APKWS rockets, respectively)

4 × LAU-5003 rocket pods (each with 19 × CRV7 70 mm rockets)

4 × LAU-10 rocket pods (each with 4 × Zuni 127 mm rockets)

Missiles

Air-to-air missiles

6 × AIM-9 Sidewinder

6 × AIM-120 AMRAAM

6 × IRIS-T

6 × Python-4

6 × Python-5

Air-to-surface missiles

6 × AGM-65 Maverick

2 × AGM-88 HARM

AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM)

4 × AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW)

Anti-ship missiles

2 × AGM-84 Harpoon

4 × AGM-119 Penguin

Bombs

8 × CBU-87 Combined Effects Munition

8 × CBU-89 Gator mine

8 × CBU-97 Sensor Fuzed Weapon

4 × Mark 84 general-purpose bombs

8 × Mark 83 GP bombs

12 × Mark 82 GP bombs

8 × GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb (SDB)

4 × GBU-10 Paveway II

6 × GBU-12 Paveway II

4 × GBU-24 Paveway III

4 × GBU-27 Paveway III

4 × Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) series

Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser (WCMD)

B61 nuclear bomb

B83 nuclear bomb

Others

SUU-42A/A Flares/Infrared decoys dispenser pod and chaff pod or

AN/ALQ-131 & AN/ALQ-184 ECM pods on centreline

Or

LANTIRN, Lockheed Martin Sniper XR & LITENING targeting pods

Or

AN/ASQ-213 HARM Targeting System (HTS) Pod

(Typically configured on station 5L with Sniper XR pod on station 5R)

Or

Up to 3 × 300/330/370/600 US gallon Sergeant Fletcher drop tanks for ferry flight/extended range/loitering time or

UTC Aerospace DB-110 long range EO/IR sensor pod on centerline

Avionics

AN/APG-68 radar

MIL-STD-1553 bus.

 

 

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