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F-16D Block 52  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1994
Total Production: ?
Unitary Cost: USD$34 million
Also Known As: F-16 Peace Sky, F-16D Block 52+, F-16D Block 52M, F-16D Fighting Falcon, F-16DJ, F-16IQ, KF-16, Peace Drive I and Peace Vector VII
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-16C Fighting Falcon, F-16D Block 32, F-16D Block 40, F-16D Block 42, F-16D Block 50, 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 two-seat Block 52 F-16D, also known as F-16DJ, is a Block 42 follow-on with more powerful engine models and new weapon options. The US Air Force has integrated the HTS pod in some F-16DJs for suppression of enemy air defenses using the HARM missile. The Block 52 F-16D was deployed in 1991. The US Air Force Block 52 F-16D 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, and AGM-158. The US Air Force expects the F-16DJ to remain in service until 2025.

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.

The governments of Greece and the United States signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for the sale of 30 F-16C/D Block 52+ aircraft to Greece on December 13, 2005. The agreement valued at $2 billion also included an option for an additional 10 F-16s. The Hellenic Air Force was expected to use the 20 single-seat F-16Cs and 10 two-seat F-16Ds to supplement its existing F-16 fleet. Final delivery to the Greek Air Force was scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2009.

F-16D Block 52 Applications

Combat Aircraft F-16I Soufa

F-16D Block 52 Specifications

Crew: 2
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: 1,400 kilometer (756 nautical mile)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 698 mps (2,514 kph)
Empty Weight: 6,800 kilogram (14,991 pound)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 29,100 pound (13,200 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-16D Block 52 News

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29 Apr 2003 and 14 Nov 2019
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Thursday, November 14, 2019Northrop Grumman Developing Internal EW Suite for US Air Force F-16 Fleet
Thursday, October 17, 2019FMS: South Korea Requests Sale of 120 AIM-120C7/C8 Air-to-Air Missiles
Friday, July 26, 2019FMS: Pakistan Wants F-16 Technical Support Services
Thursday, June 27, 2019FMS: Morocco Requests Sustainment for F-16C/D Fleet
Monday, March 25, 2019FMS: Morocco Requests Upgrade of 23 F-16 Block 52+ to F-16V Configuration
Thursday, November 8, 2018United States Seeks to Increase Combat Availability Rate of its Fither Jets in 2019
Saturday, April 28, 2018Greece to Upgrade 85 F-16s to the F-16V Standard
Tuesday, December 19, 2017FMS: Poland Requests F-16 Follow-on Support
Tuesday, October 17, 2017FMS: Greece Seeks F-16V Upgrade for 123 F-16 Aircraft
Monday, April 17, 2017South Korea Speeds Up Development of KAMD Air and Missile Defense System

Operators & Related Equipment

Second batch of 20 (16C + 4D) F-16C/D Block 52 aircraft ordered in 2010
Aircraft ordered in 2011 (12 F-16C and 6 F-16D) and 18 additional (12 F-16C and 6 F-16D) aircraft ordered in April 2013
United States of America12

Grand Total 769
Cannons & Gear
Defensive Weapons
AIM-9M-9 Sidewinder
AIM-9X Sidewinderx2
AIM-9X-2 Sidewinderx2
GBU-10 Paveway II
GBU-12 Paveway II
GBU-16 Paveway II
GBU-24 Paveway III
GBU-27 Paveway III
Offensive Weapons
AGM-65G Maverick
AGM-65H Maverick
AGM-65K Maverick
Propulsion Systems
Protection Systems
AN/ASQ-213 HTSx1
Sensor Systems
Sniper XRx1
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