Discussion in 'Military Aviation' started by WolfPack86, Jun 20, 2016.
F-16 Block 60 Fighter Jet
F-16 Block 60 Fighter Jet
F-16 Block 60 Fighter Jet
F-16 Block 60 Fighter Jet
No absolutely not, we can not accept USA security offshored to India and later impede on us as responsibility.
By accepting such offers, especially USA want to kill our own R&D.
Indians are here to absorb technology and apply its know how to our R&D. In reciprocity we offer you cheap market where your manufacturing cost would be very cheap and could export your allies.
We can not accept USA tech until its state of thd art and we are a decade away from it. I also heard defence minister say several times, we will not accept f16 at all in to our airforce as made in India offer.
F-16 Block 60 Fighter Jet
F-16 push is on again. 'Block 60' plus.
While F-16 Block 60 is still potent, the IAf would be future proofed with the F-35.
I do not recommend any single engine fighter except tejas. Within a decade, We can get something equivalent to gripen E. Which is better than F 16. That will be desi as well. Make length 14.5 m and sort out the issues. Adopt continual improvement and reduce weight. We can have an awesome machine on our hand like we did in the case of ALH, Rudra and LCH. .
F-16 Fighting Falcon
The combat-proven F-16 has proven itself as the world’s most capable 4th Generation multi-role fighter, serving as the workhorse of the fighter fleet for 28 customers around the world. The F-16V, the latest F-16 configuration, includes numerous enhancements designed to keep the F-16 at the forefront of international security.
F-16V – The Most Technologically Advanced 4th Generation Fighter in the World
The Lockheed Martin F-16V configuration provides relevant combat capabilities in a scalable and affordable package. The core of the F-16V configuration is an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, a modern commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)-based avionics subsystem, a large-format, high-resolution display; and a high-volume, high-speed data bus. Operational capabilities are enhanced through:
A Link-16 Theater Data Link
The Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod
Precision GPS navigation and
Auto Ground Collision Avoidance System
Lockheed Martin leverages its F-16 experience to increase the commonality and interoperability of F-16 fleets around the world.
International F-16 upgrade programs combine the requirements of many customers for long-term cost savings through commonality and interoperability.
F-16 avionics upgrades can be integrated quickly, affordably and effectively by leveraging on-going Foreign Military Sales (FMS) investments in F-16 modernization.
Comprehensive Global Sustainment
As F-16 Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), Lockheed Martin is uniquely qualified to design, engineer, develop, integrate and sustain a complete F-16 weapons system solution tailored to meet customer requirements. With aircraft based at more than 80 locations worldwide, from the hottest climates to the coldest, Lockheed Martin offers complete sustainment solutions for any customer force size, operational concept and support arrangement.
Length . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49.3 ft / 15.027 m
Height . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16.7 ft / 5.090 m
Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,500 mph (Mach 2+)
Wingspan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31.0 ft / 9.449 m
Empty weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20,300 lb / 9,207 kg
Engine thrust class . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29,000 lb / 13,000 kg
Maximum TOGW. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48,000 lb / 21,772 kg
Design load factor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 g
F-16 Evolves to Meet Changing Requirements
Over the course of its distinguished history, the F-16 has become the workhorse of the fighter fleet for 28 customers, demonstrating its versatility time and time again in numerous conflicts around the world. Since the first flight of the F-16 in 1974, Lockheed Martin has led the design and development of structural and avionics upgrades for the Fighting Falcon to ensure it remains relevant for many years to come.
“Forty years, to us, represents customer satisfaction, enduring relationships and proven experience,” Rod McLean, vice president and general manager of the F-16/F-22 Integrated Fighter Group, said. “The fact that so many international partners have returned to Lockheed Martin to upgrade, modernize and/or purchase more airplanes exemplifies just how satisfied our customers are with the F-16, and demonstrates their reliance on this multi-role platform as the primary component of their fighter fleet.”
That customer satisfaction is due, in large part, to the F-16’s evolution to meet the changing threat environments and mission requirements of its operators. Originally designed as a lightweight fighter, the F-16 has evolved into the most advanced 4th generation fighter available today. Drawing on experience of our 28 customers, several design and technological improvements have been incorporated to the F-16 over the past several years, resulting in more than 4,500 aircraft delivered in 138 different configurations.
Not only does F-16 production continue today, we’re also retrofitting older jets with new capabilities. We are currently two years into the development of the F-16V upgrade program, which includes technological advancements and capabilities built on the fundamental strengths of the F-16’s original design. To date, Lockheed Martin has been the systems integrator for 11 countries, successfully returning more than 1,000 aircraft to operational status, all while driving down costs and adhering to schedule accelerations. Some of the major upgrade features include:
Active electronically scanned array radar
The active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar is a phased array radar that offers increased operational combat capabilities, including:
All-weather air-to-air targeting
High resolution ground target detection and imaging
Integration with advanced GPS weapons
Near simultaneous air-to-air and air-to-ground radar modes
Automated Ground Collision Avoidance System
The Automated Ground Collision Avoidance System, or AGCAS, provides the pilot with improved situational awareness of imminent collision with the ground. The system can take control of the aircraft to avoid a collision if the pilot doesn’t respond to the visual cues.
Improvements to the cockpit and upgraded mission computer
A single high-performance modular mission computer (MMC) system replaces the fighter jet's three original computers, to deliver enhanced computing power to the aircraft's avionics and weapon systems. For pilots, the MMC significantly improves situational awareness, air-to-air capabilities, targeting accuracy and information. These improvements to the cockpit include:
Software and system upgrades
A large, high-resolution Center Pedestal Display that dramatically increases pilot situational awareness with real-time processing and imaging of flight safety information
An upgraded programmable displays generator
Integrated control of the various electronic warfare displays and systems all supported by a gigabit Ethernet architecture
Embedded global positioning system
On top of our broad base of experience and numerous F-16 modernization programs, our workforce has unique experience that enables them to understand the intricacies of the aircraft, how the complex systems interact and how to integrate the systems so that they work together seamlessly. Our long-term knowledge of suppliers, design and integration expertise as the Original Equipment Manufacturer, and ownership of critical development and integration facilities allows us to execute the most affordable upgrade and modernization programs quickly and efficiently.
“When it comes to upgrading the F-16, our experience is unmatched. We provide proven, reliable performance and delivery – every time. We fulfill our commitments to meet schedule, performance, and cost, time and time again,” McLean said. “Our track record speaks for itself – we have demonstrated our ability to deliver for more than 40 years. We remain the preferred partner of choice to affordably evolve the F-16 to meet critical operational and sustainment needs – now and for the next 40 years.”
Forty years and more than 4,500 planes later, the F-16 continues to build upon the fundamental strengths of its original design. With four decades of technological advancements and 138 different configurations, the famed F-16 fighter continues its reign as the world’s most successful 4th Generation multi-role fighter aircraft. There is, however, one thing that has remained constant over the years – the ongoing debate over the F-16’s real name.
Some call it the ‘Viper.’ Others refer to it as the ‘Fighting Falcon.’ And, although they are both a fundamental part of the F-16’s iconic history, there is really only one nickname that stuck.
To dispel the rumors, the ‘Fighting Falcon’ is the official name granted by the Tactical Air Command (now the Air Combat Command). However, the name never really caught on, and the F-16 is more commonly referred to as the ‘Viper’ among pilots and maintainers.
For the first time in 2012, the well-known ‘Viper’ nickname became an official part of the F-16 program as the designation for the aircraft’s latest configuration – the F-16V.
In the simplest terms, the F-16V, or Viper, represents the next step in the evolution of the F-16. With new enhancements, including an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, an upgraded mission computer and architecture, and improvements to the cockpit, the F-16V configuration is an innovative solution for new jets and affordable retrofits for most earlier-model F-16s.
To understand how the Fighting Falcon has evolved over the past 40 years, we are taking a look back at how it all started:
The brainchild of a notorious group of engineers and defense analysts known as the Lightweight Fighter Mafia, the F-16 was originally conceived in the early 1970s as a lightweight air-to-air day fighter. Their goal was to create a simpler and smaller alternative to the heavy and unmaneuverable fighter aircraft of the time. Their ideas challenged what everyone thought a fighter should look like and how it should fly.
Their unconventional designs were then translated by the engineers at our Fort Worth, Texas, plant (at the time General Dynamics) into the most advanced combat aircraft of the time. And, it took a village. The F-16 production team was truly remarkable, meeting every challenge and production schedule. The result:
A smooth blended-wing body with extra lift and control
A critical fly-by-wire system that kept the design stable, improved response time and increased its agility
An enhanced cockpit – including a tilted back ejection seat, side-mounted throttle and control stick, head-up display, and bubble canopy – improved pilot survivability, visibility and control.
The F-16 has made history since it first rolled onto the flight line. In fact, the original F-16 prototype, or YF-16, was the first to combine all of these advanced technologies into one aircraft.
YF-16 Test Pilot Jim Rider described his favorite part of the YF-16 when it was first introduced: “It had the most remarkable bubble canopy – you could actually see,” he said. “It was like being out on the edge of a pole in a big clear bubble.”
And, at its peak in 1987, the F-16 production team in Fort Worth was also making history – producing 30 F-16s in just 30 days. These rapid fire deliveries are a testament to the teamwork and dedication that F-16 employees have shown across two generations and the past four decades.
Today’s Fighting Falcon is the cumulative result of the F-16 pilots’ combat experience and customer needs, all built on the fundamental strengths of the original Fighting Falcon design.
With 138 configurations to date, the F-16 has evolved from its prototype design to become the advanced 4th Generation fighter of choice for 28 customers worldwide. By consistently improving and incorporating new technologies into the cockpit, avionics, sensors and weapons, the aircraft has become more reliable, more maintainable and more supportable.
Some of the F-16’s evolutions over the past four decades include:
Increase in range and payload
Infrared sensors and laser targeting devices
Enhanced survivability with more advanced warfare sensors and sophisticated decoys
Increased engine thrust to retain aerodynamic performance
Conformal fuel tanks
All-glass cockpits with large color displays, hands-on throttle and sidestick switch controls, night vision goggle-compatible lighting, a color moving map, and a large head-up display
Improved Datalinks, satellite phones and helmet-mounted cueing systems
The new Viper configuration provides additional features as part of an upgrade package that satisfy the customers’ emerging requirements and better prepare the F-16s to interoperate with 5th generation fighters, such as the F-35 and the F-22, including:
An active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar
Upgraded mission computer and architecture
Updated avionics systems
Embedded global positioning system
Upgraded electronic warfare equipment
The F16 Fighting Falcon - Fourth-generation Jet Fighter Documentary
2016 F-16 Viper Demo Fighter Jets
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