F-16 Viper: The Most Sold Fighter

According to open sources, Lockheed Martin, the largest US maker, had announced the launch of a new F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter production line in Greenville, South Carolina.

While the fighters created at the same time have been decommissioned and have ceased, the US has recently continued to grow the plant that produces this fighter line, making the F-16 the most successful 4th generation fighter of the US.

F-16 Fighting Falcon | MOTORIZADO

One of the most popular and combat-tested ever to fly is the F-16 Fighting Falcon. F-16s currently used by militaries worldwide have flown more than 400,000 combat missions and accumulated 19 hours of flight time. A total of 25 militaries still use F-16s in their air services, and about 3,000 Fighting Falcons are in use.

Last Man Standing: F-16s Outlast Any Other Fighter Created Introduced at the Same Time

The United States Air Force flies more F-16s than any other type as part of its fighter fleet. The F-16’s durability can be attributed to both its dependability and combat prowess as well as to its impressive cost-effectiveness, with the Falcon coming in at a significantly lower price compared to its larger fourth-generation, the F-15.

F-15 Eagle Vs F-16 Fighting Falcon | Representative | Military Watch Magazine

Due to its successful track record, the F-16 has continued operating despite the development of a more advanced fifth-generation stealth fighter. The F-16 is currently undergoing upgrades that will allow it to continue to be competitive in the air for years to come to guarantee that this is still the case. The newest generation of F-16s, known as the F-16V or “Viper,” is incorporating several technologies that will further improve the F-16s combat capabilities, moving beyond the C/D variants of the aircraft to become the standard in many air forces around the world.

Su-35 | Wikimedia Commons

The F-16V also referred to as the F-16E/F Block 70/72, is the model that is currently being used. The F-16V warplanes can compete with the top-tier Russian heavyweight fighter Su-35 thanks to their AN/APG-83 AESA active phased array, Sniper ATP package, and AIM-9X missiles.

Eyes of the Tiger: F-16 AESA Radar

Active phased array radar is often only seen on fifth-generation aircraft due to its and high cost. The US chose to reduce them to the 4th and 5th generation fighters, indicating that they will stick around to support the 5th generation fighters for a slightly extended period.

AESA Radar | Representative | Saab

The active phased array radar undoubtedly provides the fighter with a new edge, and many experts think that the F-16V may compete in some ways with the Russian Su-35, which only has a semi-active phased array radar.

The F-16V can acquire the air-to-air and air-to-ground combat skills of fifth-generation fighters thanks to the APG-83 fire control radar system. The engine on the F-16V has also been modified for higher performance while being more fuel-efficient, in addition to the extensively modernized avionics. The integrated fuel tank on the back of the F-16V allows it to have a substantially longer combat range than earlier models.

Price is Right: Why F-16 is the Darling of the Beholder and Death Sentence for the Enemy

The super jet Mig-25 Foxbat was initially intended to be fought by the F-15. But it turned out that the Mig-25 was entirely different from what the Pentagon had first believed. Thus, the original goal and motivation behind the F-15 vanished. The F-15 was being redefined by the Pentagon and forced into uses that its price did not support. The engines were detuned of the F-15 were detuned to extend its lifespan. This is the rationale behind the creation of the F-16.

Mig-25 Foxbat | Representative | The National Interest

Each F-15 variant outperforms the F-16 in its respective role on a technical level. At 1.5 times the price, the F-15c is a competent fighter and slightly superior to an F-16 in a fight. Even though it costs five times as much, the F-15E is a superior strike aircraft to an F-16. But you get the idea. The specialized F-15s can carry out some missions that the F-16 cannot. The F-16 is a low-cost, incredibly adaptable aircraft.

The F-16 is affordable and competent across the board. For the same money as one F-22, the Pentagon could purchase seven F-16s. Each F-16 costs $18.8 million, and an operational flight hour costs $7,000 per aircraft. The price of a single F-22 is $150 million, and a flight hour of use costs $64,000. A PMP, or Periodic Maintenance Procedure, is required for the F-22 every month.

F-16s have successfully completed nine sorties a day. Only capable of one sortie every three days, the F-22 is also extremely expensive to operate. In a war lasting more than a day, the F-22 is only occasionally usable, and in a conflict lasting more than a month, it is entirely useless.

F-22 Raptor | Representative | The Digital Picture

The F-16’s introduction, in my memory, left everyone in awe. It was incredibly effective at everything and was cheap, adaptable, stealthy, and stealthy. The performance of some much more expensive planes was matched or even surpassed it in some areas. It was, in my opinion, the first fly-by-wire jet that the United States had on hand.

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