Friday, June 10, 2011

Fighter F-16 Fighting Falcon Aircraft Next Generation

Fighter F-16 Fighting Falcon Mission Target

Provide low-cost, high-performance, air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack capability.

F-16 Fighting Falcon


The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, maneuverable, multi-role fighter aircraft that is proven in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. The F-16’s maneuverability and combat radius (distance it can fly to enter air combat, stay, fight and return) exceed that of potential threat fighter aircraft. It can locate targets in all weather conditions and detect low flying aircraft in radar ground clutter. In an air-to-surface role, the F-16 can fly more than 500 miles (860 km), deliver its weapons with superior accuracy, defend itself against enemy aircraft, and return to its starting point.

F-16 Fighting Falcon

In designing the F-16, advanced aerospace science and proven reliable systems from other aircraft such as the F-15 and F-111 were selected and combined to simplify the airplane and reduce its size, purchase price, maintenance costs and weight. Fully fueled, the F-16 can withstand up to nine G’s—nine times the force of gravity. Avionics systems include a highly accurate inertial navigation system coupled with a GPS by which a computer provides steering information to the pilot.

F-16 Fighting Falcon

The plane has UHF and VHF radios, instrument landing system, a warning system, and modular countermeasure pods to be used against airborne or surface electronic threats. During Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) the F-16 continued its superior performance in precision strike missions using a variety of GPS and laser guided weapons. Currently, the F-16 comprises 53 percent of the Air Force fighter force structure and provides 67 percent of the precision guided munitions capability in our Air Expeditionary Forces.


Acquisition Status

Prime : Airframe - Lockheed Martin (TX); Engines - Pratt & Whitney (CT); General Electric (OH)

Subcontractors : Northrop Grumman (MD); Raytheon (TX); Israel Aircraft Industries (Israel); Honeywell International (CA, NJ, NM, MN)


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