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F-16V  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2018
Maiden Flight: 16 October 2015
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: CAPES and Combat Avionics Programmed Extension Suite
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Lockheed Martin* and Northrop Grumman   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: F-16 Fighting Falcon
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): January 1979
Maiden Flight: December 1976
Total Production: 4,523
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-16I Soufa, 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-16V is an upgraded version of the F-16 aircraft unveiled by Lockheed Martin at the Singapore Airshow on February 15, 2012. The V designation derives from the Viper nickname assigned by the F-16 pilots since its inception in the late 1970s. The new version features a variety of enhancements including an active electronically scanned array (AESA), upgraded mission computer, and upgrades to the cockpit. The F-16V includes all the improvements identified by the United States Air Force to fill the gap between current capabilities and those of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The US Air Force plans call for the upgrade of 300+ existing F-16C/D jets before 2020. By mid-2013, the plans call for the upgrade of roughly 200 Block 50 aircraft. Taiwan will upgrade 144 Block 20 F-16A/B aircraft to the V configuration as the launch customer.

F-16V Specifications

Crew: 1
Number of Engines: 1
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
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Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
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F-16V News

There are 15 news between
15 Feb 2012 and 12 Apr 2017
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017US Air Force to Extend Service Life of F-16 Fleet Until 2048
Friday, December 16, 2016US Air Force Selects Raytheon Modular Mission Computer Upgrade for its F-16 Aircraft Fleet
Tuesday, February 2, 2016APG-83 AESA Radar Begins Flight Testing on F-16V
Wednesday, December 2, 2015Republic of Singapore Air Force to Upgrade its F-16s to the F-16V Standard
Wednesday, October 21, 2015First F-16V Takes to the Skies
Thursday, August 13, 2015Taiwan Orders Two Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods
Thursday, June 11, 2015Lockheed Martin Simulates F-16 Block 50 25,000 Flight Hours
Monday, February 2, 2015APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar Enters Production for International F-16s
Friday, December 12, 2014Northrop Grumman Delivers First EMD APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar
Monday, November 3, 2014Lockheed Martin to Deliver 142 Upgraded F-16V to Taiwan by 2022

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Singapore50
ex-Block 52 aircraft
Taiwan144

Grand Total 3943
Defensive Weapons
AIM-120C AMRAAMx4
AIM-9X-2 Sidewinderx2
Protection Systems
AN/ALQ-184(V)9x1
AN/ALQ-213x1
Sensor Systems
AN/APG-83 SABRx1
LANTIRNx1
PANTERAx1
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