F-16 Fighting Falcon

The F-16 combines interoperability and advanced technologies into a proven design. 

Meet the F-16 Block 70/72 – the newest and most advanced F-16 production configuration. 

  • New capabilities based on the advanced F-16V configuration
  • Aircraft structure lasts 50% longer than previous production F-16 aircraft

The F-16 offers advanced interoperable capabilities that enhance partnerships with allies and has been proving its value for decades. 

  • Continues to remain the best value among 4th generations jets for its capabilities
  • Provides affordable lifecycle costs

New production F-16s leverage structural and capability upgrades that ensure the international F-16 fleet can operate to 2060 and beyond.


Enhanced, Integrated Capabilities

The F-16 Block 70/72 combines capability upgrades, most notably the advanced Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar with a new avionics architecture, and structural upgrades to extend the structural life of the aircraft by more than 50 percent beyond that of previous production F-16 aircraft. F-16 Block 70 software takes advantage of technologies not available when earlier Block F-16s were developed and produced. Operational capabilities are enhanced through an advanced datalink, targeting pod and weapons; precision GPS navigation and the Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto GCAS).

 

 

Advanced Weapons

 

Lockheed Martin has more than 36 years of weapon integration experience with the F-16. No other organization can match this weapons integration experience. In concert with the U.S. Air Force and multiple F-16 Foreign Military Sales customers, Lockheed Martin has certified more than 3,300 carriage and release configurations for greater that 180 weapon and store types. Our experience as a weapon integrator has enabled the F-16 to be one of the most versatile multirole fighters ever.

 

Building Partnerships Around the World  

The F-16 is a strategic and valuable choice for many customers around the world seeking advanced, 4th generation fighter aircraft capabilities, regional and worldwide partnerships, and affordable lifecycle costs. Five nations have chosen the F-16 Block 70 for these reasons and more. F-16 production in Greenville, South Carolina, began on Nov. 11, 2019. The Greenville production start coincides with the significant, growing demand for new production F-16s around the globe.

New F-16s include advanced capabilities such as the APG-83 AESA Radar, modernized cockpit with new safety features, advanced weapons, conformal fuel tanks, an improved performance engine, and an industry-leading extended structural service life of 12,000 hours.

But most importantly, new F-16s also include the proven, life-saving Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System which ensure pilots come home safe. 

Aircraft Specifications 

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 

Service Life. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12,000 hr

 

Advanced AESA Radar

 

Northrop Grumman’s advanced APG-83 AESA radar delivers greater situational awareness, flexibility and quicker all-weather targeting. The APG-83 provides pilots with unprecedented target area detail and digital map displays that can be tailored with slew and zoom features. The APG-83 provides F-16s with 5th Generation fighter radar capabilities by leveraging hardware and software commonality with F-22 and F-35 AESA radars.

 

Enhanced Battlespace Awareness

 

Another key feature of the F-16 Block 70 configuration is the new Center Pedestal Display (CPD), which provides critical tactical imagery to pilots on a high-resolution 6”x 8” screen. The high-resolution display allows pilots to take full advantage of AESA and targeting pod data. The new CPD enables color moving maps, larger and easier to manage air-to-air Situation Displays, zoom functionality with the ability to switch information among displays, and a digital display of Flight Instrument Data. The CPD is also compatible with the Night Vision Imaging System.

Auto GCAS

 

The Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto GCAS) was purpose-built to prevent deadly crashes and has already saved the lives of seven pilots and six F-16s since the system entered service with the U.S. Air Force in late 2014. The Auto GCAS is designed to reduce incidents of what is known as controlled flight into terrain, or CFIT. According to U.S. Air Force statistics, CFIT incidents account for 26 percent of aircraft losses and a staggering 75 percent of all F-16 pilot fatalities.

The F-16 Auto GCAS system is currently being integrated into the U.S. Air Force’s F-16 fleet and the Air Force and Lockheed Martin plan to develop similar systems for the F-22 and F-35. Current plans call for fielding an Auto GCAS on the F-35 by 2019. The F-35 Joint Program Office estimates the Auto GCAS will prevent more than 26 ground collisions during the service of the F-35 fleet.

Highlights & Milestones

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