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F-16C Fighting Falcon  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1981
Total Production: ?
Unitary Cost: USD$34 million
Also Known As: Block 30 F-16C and F-16C Barak
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Lockheed Martin
Parent System: F-16 Fighting Falcon
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): January 1979
Maiden Flight: December 1976
Total Production: 4,578
Family Members: F-16A Fighting Falcon, F-16B Fighting Falcon, F-16C Block 32, F-16C Block 40, F-16C Block 42, F-16C Block 50, F-16C Block 52, F-16C Block 70, F-16C Block 72, F-16D Block 32, F-16D Block 40, F-16D Block 42, F-16D Block 50, F-16D Block 52, F-16D Block 70, F-16D Block 72, F-16D Fighting Falcon, F-16E Desert Falcon, F-16F Desert Falcon, F-16I Soufa, F-16V, KF-16 and QF-16
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Description: The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a lightweight, compact fighter aircraft designed for air superiority performing a wide range of military missions ranging from air defense to air-to-ground strike missions. More than 4,000 F-16s have been or will be produced for more than 24 nations worldwide. The first F-16A achieved initial operational capability in 1979. As of 2004, more than 11 million flight hours have been logged by F16s from 20 air forces worldwide. The United States Air Force remains the world's largest operator for the type with more than 1,200 units in service of all models. USAF's Block 50/52 cumulative mishap rate was 2.3 losses/mishaps per 100,000 flight hours in FY2004. The aircraft is scheduled for replacement by the far more capable F-35A Joint Strike Fighter beginning in 2015 through 2025.

In air-to-air engagements the F-16 is highly maneuverable and in the air-to-surface role the aircraft has demonstrated the capability to accommodate any guided and unguided weapon such as laser guided bombs and a variety of air-to-surface missiles. It carries internally a 20mm M61A1 gun for close-in air-to-air engagements. Besides, the F-16A/B is able to carry the AIM-9 Sidewinder missile while the F-16C/D can be armed with the medium-range AIM-120 AMRAAM missile. To deliver precision guided munitions the Falcon can accommodate the LANTIRN targeting/navigation pod system, as well as the LITENING and the most recent Sniper XR. The targeting and navigation pods have provided day and night, all-weather strike capability to the F-16 aircraft fleet all along its service life.

The F-16C/D multi-role fighter can fly deep inside enemy territory, deliver precision guided munitions in non-visual conditions and defend itself against enemy aircraft even in day and night, adverse weather. This performance was demonstrated for the first time during the Gulf War in 1991. F-16C/Ds played a vital role during air campaigns over the former Yugoslavia (1999), Afghanistan (2001), and Iraq (2003).

The single seat Block 30 F-16C incorporates a new radar (AN/APG-68), a more powerful engine, increased range and enhanced military capabilities. These models were also compatible with advanced weaponry such as the HARM and the Maverick missiles. The Block 30 F-16C was deployed in 1986. The Air National Guard Block 30 F-16C will receive the advanced Sniper XR targeting/navigation pod replacing older systems currently in the US inventory, as well as software updates for integration of smart munitions such as AGM-154, JDAM bombs, etc.

Falcon STAR, F-16 Structure Augmentation Roadmap, program will see US Air Force F-16 fleet receiving parts kits to strengthen their structure. This measure will enable the F-16 aircraft to attain its projected 8,000-hours of service life through 2025 for the US Air Force, when the entire fleet should be dismantled. Falcon STAR program is valued at $1 billion. The parts kits involved in this program number 79,000. Ogden Air Logistics Center at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is where modification work is taking place. Starting in 2006, F-16s for European countries will undergo Falcon STAR modification. All in all, more than 2,000 F-16s belonging to the United States, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Israel, Greece, Singapore, Thailand and Bahrain will be modified through 2014.

F-16C Fighting Falcon Specifications

Crew: 1
Number of Engines: 1
Height: 4.88 meter (16.0 foot)
Length: 15.1 meter (49 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 20 millimeter
Wingspan: 9.96 meter (32.7 foot)
Ceiling: 15,250 meter (50,033 foot)
Max Range: 1,600 kilometer (864 nautical mile)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 698 mps (2,514 kph)
Empty Weight: 6,800 kilogram (14,991 pound)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 28,000 pound (12,701 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 17,010 kilogram (37,500 pound)
Payload: 5,400 kilogram (11,905 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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F-16C Fighting Falcon News

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27 Oct 2003 and 17 Oct 2017
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017FMS: Greece Seeks F-16V Upgrade for 123 F-16 Aircraft
Tuesday, June 6, 2017Leonardo Launches BriteCloud 218 Countermeasure Dispenser
Tuesday, November 18, 2014FMS: Greece Requests F-16 Sustainment
Monday, March 17, 2014USAF Sniper ATP-SE Pod Achieves Initional Operational Capability
Monday, February 6, 2012Air National Guard Deploys to Afghanistan With LITENING G4 Pods
Sunday, December 4, 2011All US Air Force Block 30 and Block 50 F-16 Aircraft to Receive Wide Angle Conventional (WAC) Head-Up Displays
Monday, October 24, 2011Northrop Grumman Receives Full-Fielding Recommendation for Its LITENING G4 Targeting Pod
Tuesday, March 29, 2011FMS: Greece Requests Logisitcs Support for its Air Force
Thursday, May 27, 2010Boeing Receives First F-16 for Conversion into QF-16 Aerial Drone
Monday, July 14, 2008Raytheon Working on Smaller Version of AESA Radar for F-16s and F/A-18s

Operators & Related Equipment

2006129all variants
New Zealand6
United States of America360
Jan 2014363Block 25/30/32
20131,018F-16C/D Block 30, 40, 50 variants
20081,205F-16C/D all variants

Grand Total 5245
Cannons & Gear
Defensive Weapons
AIM-9M Sidewinder
AIM-9M-9 Sidewinder
GBU-10 Paveway II
GBU-12 Paveway II
GBU-16 Paveway II
GBU-24 Paveway III
GBU-27 Paveway III
Offensive Weapons
AGM-65D Maverick
AGM-65H Maverick
AGM-65K Maverick
Propulsion Systems
Protection Systems
Sensor Systems
Sniper XR
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