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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
Parent System: F-16 Fighting Falcon
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): January 1979
Maiden Flight: December 1976
Total Production: 4,539
Family Members: F-16 Block 70, 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 Fighting Falcon, F-16D Block 32, F-16D Block 40, F-16D Block 42, F-16D Block 50, F-16D Block 52, F-16D Fighting Falcon, F-16E Desert Falcon, F-16F Desert Falcon, 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 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

Crew: 2
Number of Engines: 1
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)
Ceiling: 15,250 meter (50,033 foot)
Max Range: 1,400 kilometer (756 nautical mile)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 2 mach (2,391 kph)
Top Speed at Sea Level: 1,440 kph (1.20 mach)
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)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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F-16I Soufa News

There are 8 news between
28 Mar 2005 and 24 Sep 2018
Monday, September 24, 2018Russia to Deliver S-300 Air Defense System to Syria
Tuesday, December 1, 2015Israel MoD and Pratt & Whitney Sign F100 Engine Sustainment Contract
Friday, May 8, 2015Israeli Air Force F-16I Jets Training Against Greek S-300 Missile System
Monday, December 31, 2012Elbit Systems Awarded Israel Ministry of Defense Contracts to Supply Various Systems
Thursday, July 24, 2008Lockheed Martin delivers F-16I Flight Systems Trainer to Israeli Air Force
Thursday, June 5, 2008Elbit Systems Supplies IAF F-16I Simulator System to the Israeli Ministry of Defense
Tuesday, August 28, 2007Indian Ministry of Defense Issues Request for Proposal to Six Vendors
Monday, March 28, 2005US Air Force Welcomes Last F-16 Aircraft

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