F-16I Soufa Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2004 Total Production: 102 Unitary Cost: USD$20 million Also Known As:Block 52+ F-16D and Sufa Origin:United States of America Corporations: Lockheed Martin
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 F-16I nicknamed 'Soufa' or 'Sufa', 'Storm' in Hebrew, is an advanced derivative of the proven Block 52 F-16D multirole aircraft designed specifically to meet the requirements of the Israeli Air Force. Under Peace Marble V program the United States will supply Israel with over 102 F-16Is from 2003/4 through 2008. The initial Peace Marble V program aimed Israel to purchase 50 F-16Is plus 60 additional aircraft as option. The two-seat F-16I Soufa multirole aircraft features modern core avionics, moving maps, color cockpits, conformal fuel tanks, advanced electronic warfare displays, AN/APG-68(V)10 multimode synthetic aperture radar, F100 improved performance engine, latest smart weapons compatibility and state-of-the-art navigation and targeting systems.
F-16I Soufa Specifications
Number of Engines: 1 Dimensions Height: 5.10 meter (16.7 foot)
Length: 14.9 meter (49 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 20 millimeter
Wingspan: 9.96 meter (32.7 foot) Performance Ceiling: 15,250 meter (50,033 foot)
Max Range: 1,400 kilometer (756 nautical mile) Speed Top Speed at High Altitude: 2 mach (2,391 kph)
Top Speed at Sea Level: 1,440 kph (1.20 mach) Weight Empty Weight: 10,000 kilogram (22,046 pound)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 29,100 pound (13,200 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 23,500 kilogram (51,808 pound)
Operational Weight: 12,800 kilogram (28,219 pound)
Payload: 5,400 kilogram (11,905 pound)
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