TO DATE, 4,588 F-16S HAVE BEEN PRODUCED FOR 28 CUSTOMERS. THE F-16 CONTINUES TO EVOLVE TO STAY AHEAD OF EMERGING THREATS BY INCORPORATING COMBAT LESSONS-LEARNED AND CAPABILITIES DEVELOPED ON LOCKHEED MARTIN’S F-22 AND F-35. Enter the F-16 Block 72.
F-16 Block 72
The F-16 Block 72 is the latest version of the F-16 and delivers cutting-edge technology to the Indonesian Air Force (IDAF) in the most advanced F-16 configuration on the market today. The F-16 Block 70/72, the newest production versions of the F-16, combines advanced F-16 capability upgrades and structural upgrades:
- New capabilities based on the advanced F-16 Block 70/72 configuration
- Structural life more than 50 percent beyond that of previous production F-16 aircraft
The F-16 Block 72 configuration includes an advanced Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, and an array of the avionics technology infusion including mission computers and display processors, a large-format 6x8 high-resolution display, an internal electronic warfare system, a high-volume, high-speed data network and incorporates a sophisticated data link, which enables the IDAF to operate in a net-centric data environment.
Block 70/72 operational capabilities are further enhanced through an advanced datalink, targeting pod and weapons; precision GPS navigation and the Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto GCAS).
The F-16 Block 72 provides advanced combat capabilities in a scalable and affordable package. The core of the F-16 Block 72 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, Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod, advanced weapons, precision GPS navigation, and the Auto GCAS.
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.
Center Pedestal Display
Another key feature of the F-16 Block 72 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 Pilot 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 digital display of Flight Instrument Data. The CPD is also compatible with the Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS).
Cutting-edge Electronic Warfare System
The aircraft incorporates an internal Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare System (AIDEWS) Electronic Warfare (EW) System. This internal EW system is fully integrated with the other avionics subsystems and provides the pilot with robust situational awareness with the digital Radar Warning Receiver and powerful active jamming capabilities. This EW system also represent the most modern EW digital technology available, providing a secure electronic shield against anti-aircraft missiles and threats from enemy radars.
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 more than 180 weapon and store types.
Combined with planned service life extension program (SLEP) structural modifications, F-16 Block 70/72 capability upgrades ensure the F-16 can fly and fight to 2045 and beyond. The U.S. Air Force authorized extending the F-16’s service life to 12,000 hours, far beyond original 8,000-hour design service life.
The F-16 continues to outperform its competitors in life-cycle cost, cost per flight hour, and fighter availability rates. The F-16’s low operating costs are 30-40 percent less than that of other 4th Generation platforms and three-four times less than larger twin-engine fighters.
As a member of the global F-16 fighter community, the Indonesian Air Force (IDAF) will benefit from continuous modernization and the affordable sustainment opportunities enabled by a robust global supply chain committed to long-term sustainment solutions. With F-16s already in service today, the IDAF already has existing F-16 infrastructure, support equipment, repair capability, spares, trained pilots, and maintenance personnel.