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F-16E Desert Falcon  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2004
Total Production: 55
Also Known As: F-16C Block 60 and F-16C Block 61
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 52, F-16D Block 70, F-16D Block 72, F-16D Fighting 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 60 F-16E Desert Falcon is being developed for the United Arab Emirates Air Force and will be the latest and most advanced F-16 variant fielded ever. It will feature conformal fuel tanks, the AN/APG-80 agile beam radar, advanced weapons compatibility, an internally mounted FLIR targeting system, a new glass cockpit, internal countermeasures, the F110-GE-132 engine and enhanced performance. In the mid-2000s the US Air Force expressed its intention to acquire the Desert Falcon but the procurement was never carried out.

F-16E Desert 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)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 32,129 pound (14,574 kilogram)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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F-16E Desert Falcon News

There are 11 news between
6 Dec 2003 and 29 Jan 2020
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Wednesday, January 29, 2020US Air Force Set To Buy First Two F-15EX Fighter Jets
Friday, January 24, 2014FMS: United Arab Emirates Seeks Equipment in Support of a Direct Commercial Sale of F-16 Block 61 Aircraft
Tuesday, October 15, 2013FMS: UAE Wants 5,000 GBU-39/B, 1,200 JSOW-C and 300 SLAM ER Munitions
Wednesday, November 30, 2011FMS: United Arab Emirates Requests 4,900 Joint Direct Attack Munitions
Thursday, September 22, 2011FMS: United Arab Emirates Requests MIDS/LVT LINK 16 Terminals
Wednesday, May 25, 2011FMS: United Arab Emirates Requests F-16E/F Program Support
Monday, December 28, 2009FMS: UAE Seeks GBU-24, GBU-49, GBU-50 and BLU-109 Enhanced Guided Bomb Units
Wednesday, September 30, 2009SLAM ER Missile System Achieves 2 Launch Milestones
Monday, June 18, 2007FMS: UAE Requests F-16E/F Pilot Training Services
Monday, March 28, 2005US Air Force Welcomes Last F-16 Aircraft

Operators & Related Equipment


Grand Total 551
Cannons & Gear
Defensive Weapons
AIM-9M-9 Sidewinder
AIM-9X Sidewinder
GBU-10 Paveway II
GBU-12 Paveway II
GBU-16 Paveway II
GBU-24 Paveway III
GBU-27 Paveway III
GBU-54 Laser JDAM
Offensive Weapons
AGM-65G Maverick
AGM-65H Maverick
AGM-65K Maverick
Propulsion Systems
Protection Systems
Falcon Edgex1
Sensor Systems
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