YouTube – F-16 Viper
F-16 Viper Specifications
US$22,514 per hour
one or two
1- 29,000 lbs.
49 ft. 5 in.
32 ft. 8 in
1- 20 mm.
6 – air to air
4 – 2,000 lbs. ea.
The F-16 Viper, also called the Fighting Falcon, is produced by Lockheed Martin, formerly General Dynamics. It is the most numerous fighter aircraft produced by the West with over 4,600 built to date.
In the air combat role, the F-16 Viper has BVR (Beyond Visual Range), day/ night, and all weather capabilities. It can fly over 400 miles and back to deliver ordnance during air-to-surface missions.
US Air Force F-16 Viper aircraft were deployed to the Persian Gulf in 1991 during Operation Desert Storm. They flew more missions of all types than any other aircraft.
The F-16 Viper is equipped with the APG-80 active electronically scanned array radar. Pilots remark on the clutter free display, long range (up to 50 miles), multiple targeting, ease of operation from various cockpit inputs, high resolution and its multi functional operations.
Latest versions of the F-16 Viper keep the pilot informed with a wide angle Head Up Display and infra red imaging. The aircraft needs only the turning of two switches for engine start. It can be ready to take off in less than sixty seconds from engine start.
For ECM (electronic countermeasures), the F-16 Viper carries the ALQ 131 pod. It can deal with multiple threats on numerous frequencies with high intensity jamming technologies. On board analysis constantly updates and matches the ECM response with the presented threats.
The F-16 Viper pilot may just have the best view from the cockpit of any modern day fighter pilot. The center of gravity of the aircraft is biased slightly rearward for improved maneuverability, yet the aircraft is fully controllable at all angles of attack and speeds. This is made possible by a computerized fly-by-wire system.
Wing leading edge strakes permit high attack angles without the consequences of boundary air layer separation causing loss of lift. The ailerons can be lowered up to 20 degrees, operating as flaperons to increase lift and control during take offs and landings. Both leading and trailing edge flaps are computer controlled to increase maneuverability.
One would think that the air inlet location of the engine would suck in a great deal of runway debris, yet this does not appear to be the case.
On Feb. 18, 1994, F-16 Viper aircraft attacked and downed four Serbian Galeb aircraft over Bosnia-Herzegovina.
On Dec. 27, 1997 an F-16 Viper downed an Iraqi Air Force MiG-23 in the no fly zone, using missiles.
Beginning on March 18, 2003, the aircraft participated in the American invasion of Iraq.
On June 7, 2006, F-16 Viper aircraft carried out two air strikes in which Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, the leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq was killed.
On July 12, 2006, Israeli F-16 Viper aircraft saw combat in the Israel-Lebanon conflict.
On Nov. 27, 2006, one F-16 Viper on a ground support mission went down northwest of Baghdad. Militants claimed that they downed the aircraft using two SA-7 missiles while it was flying at very low altitude.
Since 1978 the US Air Force has taken delivery of over 2,250 F-16 Viper aircraft. The final aircraft produced was delivered to them on March 18, 2005. They do not plan to order any additional aircraft, however new F-16 aircraft continue to be exported.
In Feb. 2018 it was announced that the Iraqi Air Force would be acquiring 13 more F-16 Viper aircraft to bring their total up to 34. South Korean F-16 Viper aircraft will receive the joint venture Elbit Systems and Rockwell Collins helmet mounted display with day and night situational awareness including enhanced distinction between friendlies and threats.
In June of 2018 the Kingdom of Bahrain contracted with Lockheed Martin in the amount of US$1.12 billion to purchase sixteen F-16 Viper Block 70 aircraft with deliveries completed by September of 2023.
In Oct. of 2018 it was announced that Taiwan is upgrading its fleet of 144 F-16 models A and B to the F-16 Viper configuration at a cost of some US$3.64 billion. The aircraft will be getting new large, color, high resolution, multifunction displays, a high volume, high speed data buss, modular mission computers, Advanced Identification Friend or Foe (AIFF) transponders, the Link-16 tactical data link, and an AN/APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Scalable, Agile Beam Radar (SABR). In addition the updated F-16 Viper aircraft will receive conformal fuel tanks, the Sniper advanced targeting pod, a helmet-mounted cuing system, AIM 9X air-to-air missiles, precise GPS navigation, an automated ground collision avoidance system, Terma ALQ-213 electronic warfare suite, wing and fuselage strengthening and stronger landing gear.
In Dec. of 2018 Slovakia contracted with Lockheed for the purchase of fourteen F-16 Viper aircraft with deliveries in 2022 and 2023. The contract includes training for 22 pilots and 160 technicians, plus logistics support and ordnance for the fighter. The total cost will amount to some US$1.8 billion.
In January of 2019 the Royal Netherlands Air Force ended their year long operations in the Middle East. Six of their F-16 Viper aircraft operating out of Al-Azraq were deployed on over 3,000 sorties in support of ground troops fighting against ISIS. They reported some 2,100 uses of their ordnance while engaging weapons positions, vehicles and logistic nodes.
In Aug. of 2019 Bulgaria announced the ordering of eight F-16 Viper aircraft, equipment and armaments for some US$1.2 billion with deliveries schedule from 2020 to 2024.
Dec. 23. 2019: The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center awarded Northrop Grumman US$1,008,327,355 for Active Electronically Scanned Array radars of U.S.Air Force F-16 Viper aircraft for the “definitization of all three programmatic phases to include development and production of up to 372 radars”. Finish date is expected by May of 2027.
Jan. 3, 2020: The United States Air Force Life Cycle Management Center awarded L3 Technologies, Arlington, Texas US$28,037,566 for F-16 Viper training system upgrade. “This contract is for the upgrade to existing Hellenic Air Force F-16 Aircrew Training Devices (ATD) to the F-16 Viper. Work will be performed at Arlington, Texas, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2027.”
Jan. 15, 2020: The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center awarded Lockheed US$32,860,395 “for contractor logistics support, repair and return and diminishing manufacturing source management services” for Taiwan air force F-16 Viper aircraft Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar. Expected completion of work in both the U.S. and Taiwan is expected by Dec. 31, 2025.
Jan. 29, 2020: The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, F-16 Division awarded Starwin Industries, Dayton, Ohio, US$9,554,000 “for the supply of both left and right Bugeye radomes for F-16 Viper aircraft”. Work should be finished by Jan. 28, 2026,
Jan. 30, 2020: It was announced today that Romania has contracted with Portugal in the amount of some US$142 million for the purchase of five F-16 Viper aircraft updated by Portuguese Aerospace Co. OGMA, including “technical conversion to Romanian specifications and the work of the Portuguese Air Force in Romania for information transmission and maintenance”. The first two aircraft are expected to be delivered to Romania this June, two more in October, and the fifth during 2021.
Feb. 12, 2020: The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center awarded Lockheed US$67,584,243 for a cumulative contract total value of US$1,008,584,243 for “upgrading F-16 Viper Aircraft for the government of Singapore”. Work will take place in Fort Worth, Texas and Singapore. It should be finished by June 30, 2023.
Feb. 20, 2020: The Indonesian Air Force announced that an F-16 Viper has conducted its first flight since being upgraded under the Falcon STAR (Structural Augmentation Roadmap) program. The upgrades included enhanced weapons systems, avionics and structure to enable the aircraft to operate up to 8,000 flying hours. The Indonesian Air Force currently has 33 F-16 Viper aircraft deployed.
Feb. 28, 2020: The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Fighter Bomber Directorate, F-16 Viper Division awarded Northrop Grumman a US$262,281,057 modification to previously awarded contract for Active Electronically Scanned Array radars of Air Force F-16 Viper aircraft “to include 15 engineering, manufacturing and development and 90 production radars, as well as associated support equipment and spares”. Work should be finished by Dec. of 2022. The total cumulative face value of the contract is US$553,448,803.
March 5, 2020: The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center awarded Elbit Systems of America US$471,634,000 “for a pylon-based infrared missile warning system for the F-16 Viper platform”. Work should be finished by February of 2030.
RC F-16 Viper
The RC F-16 Viper from Scale Jets is of all composite construction. Wingspan is 79 1/2 in. and length is 114 1/2 in. At least a 35 lb. thrust jet turbine engine is needed. Minimum dry weight is about 42 lbs.
You have your choice of two RC F-16 Vipers at Skymaster Jets. Their RC F-16 kit has a wingspan of 59 in. and a length of 89 in. Their RC F-16 ARF has a 51 in. wingspan and 74 in. length. It needs a jet turbine engine with from 12 to 17 lbs. of thrust.
The Freewing RC F-16 Viper has a wingspan of 40 in. with a length of 60 in. Included is a 3748 – 1550 kV motor, ailerons, retracts, nav lights, drop tanks, missiles, and a LED afterburner.