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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2015
Maiden Flight: 10 May 2012
Total Production: 126
Unitary Cost: USD$20 million
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: BAE Systems and Boeing*   (*) 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-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, F-16V and KF-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 QF-16 is a Full Scale Aerial Target designed to replace the QF-4 fleet operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) beginning in 2014. In March 2010, the USAF selected Boeing to convert up to 126 retired/surplus F-16 aircraft into QF-16 drones. These drones will be employed to test newly developed weapons and tactics playing the role of potential adversaries within a controlled range. They will be able to fly either manned or unmanned.

QF-16 Specifications

Crew: 0
Number of Engines: 1
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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QF-16 News

There are 6 news between
9 Mar 2010 and 22 Mar 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017US Air Force Awards Contract to Boeing for 18 QF-16 Target Drones
Monday, September 23, 2013QF-16 Aerial Target Completes First Pilotless Flight
Thursday, May 10, 2012Boeing Completes First Flight of QF-16 Aerial Target for US Air Force
Thursday, August 26, 2010Destructive F-16 Test Makes Strides Toward QF-16 Drone's Development
Thursday, May 27, 2010Boeing Receives First F-16 for Conversion into QF-16 Aerial Drone
Tuesday, March 9, 2010US Air Force Awards Boeing QF-16 Drone Contract to Replace QF-4 Fleet

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