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Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon

Lift typeFixed wing
Construction typeFactory-built
Control typePiloted
Engine typeTurbofan
ApplicationAttack, Fighter
Final assembly Greenville (Donaldson Field)
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Single turbofan jet engine, supersonic multirole fighter aircraft.

Designed for maximum manoeuvrability in air combat. Light weight airframe constructed from 80% aluminium alloys, 8% steel, 3% composites, and 1.5% titanium. Aluminium alloy, cropped delta wings are blended into fuselage with conformal fuel tanks maximising fuel capacity contributing to long range of aircraft. Stabilators, two ventral fins beneath the fuselage and leading edge flaps are aluminium honeycomb with graphite epoxy laminate. F-16 was the first aircraft to use fly-by-wire control system.

One or two seat cockpit with frameless, polycarbonate bubble canopy provides pilot(s) with 360 degree view. Pilot is seated in a 30 degree reclined Martin Baker ejection seat for reduced effect of g-force with side mounted control stick and Boeing joint helmet-mounted cueing system (JHMCS), facing a Centre Pedestal Display (CPD) with a high resolution 6” x 8” screen for enhanced tactical imagery and digital display of flight instrument data. Nose radome fitted with Northrop Grumman advanced APG-83 AESA radar. Situational awareness is further enhanced with Legion-ES IRST21 (Infrared Search and Track) sensor suite and Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP).

Type variants

Variant Launch/First flight Production end  
Lockheed Martin F-16A/B 1973 / 1974 1985 Initial single-seat/two-seat variants.
Lockheed Martin F-16C/D 1984 / 1984 Upgraded single-seat/two-seat variants.
Lockheed Martin F-16E/F 1999 / 2003 Further enhanced single-seat/two-seat variant with more powerful engine.
Lockheed Martin F-16I 2001 / 2003 Two-seater variant for Israel.
Lockheed Martin F-16V Viper 2013 / 2015 Upgraded avionics variant.
Lockheed Martin F-21 2019 / Indian Air Force Variant.
Lockheed Martin VISTA X-62A 2021 / 2021 Modified F-16D Block 30 Peace Marble II aircraft upgraded with Block 40 avionics one-of-a-kind training aircraft

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