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General Dynamics F-16BM Fighting Falcon

Photo ID 82512 by Jan Eenling. Netherlands Air Force General Dynamics F 16BM Fighting Falcon, J 210
In 1989 a two-year study began regarding possible mid-life upgrades for the USAF’s and European Partner Air Forces’ (EPAF’s) F-16B's. The resulting F-16 Mid-Life Update (MLU) package was designed to upgrade the cockpit and avionics to the equivalent of that on the F-16D Block 50; add the ability to employ radar-guided air-to-air missiles; and to generally enhance the operational performance and improve the reliability, supportability and maintainability of the aircraft. Aircraft receiving this set of updates are designated F-16BM.

Development began in May 1991 and continued until 1997; however, the USAF withdrew from the MLU program in 1992, although it did procure the modular mission computer for its Block 50/52 aircraft.
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • First Flight: 1995
  • Initial Service Date: 1998
  • No. Built: 71
  • No. In Service: 68
  • No. of Hardpoints: 11
  • Crew: 2

Power:

1 x Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220E turbofan at 14,590 lbf

Weapons:

1 x 20-mm M61A1 Vulcan cannon with 510 rounds

AIM-9 Sidewinder and AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missiles, a wide range of disposable ordnance (free-tall and guided), drop tanks and electronic pods (ECM, reconnaissance and targeting)

Dimensions:

Length:49 ft. 4 in.
Wing Span:32 ft. 10 in.
Wing Area:300 sq.ft
Height:16 ft. 5 in.
Empty Weight:16,285 lbs
Max. Weight:37,500 lbs
Max. Ordnance Load:20,450 lbs
Max. Payload:33,000 lbs
Internal Fuel:5,785 lbs

Performance:

Max. Speed:1,320 mph
Cruise Speed:577 mph
Service Ceiling:55,000 ft.
Normal Range:1,222.65 nm
Max. Range:2,086 nm

Operators:

Belgium, Chile, Denmark, Jordan, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal.

Random great photos of the General Dynamics F-16BM Fighting Falcon:

Photo ID 92409 by Tim Van den Boer. Belgium Air Force General Dynamics F 16BM Fighting Falcon, FB 18
Photo ID 48773 by Johnny Cuppens. Belgium Air Force General Dynamics F 16BM Fighting Falcon, FB 10
Photo ID 186519 by Arie van Groen. Netherlands Air Force General Dynamics F 16BM Fighting Falcon, J 065
Photo ID 46646 by Mark Munzel. Denmark Air Force General Dynamics F 16BM Fighting Falcon, ET 210
Photo ID 176280 by Richard de Groot. Norway Air Force General Dynamics F 16BM Fighting Falcon, 306
Photo ID 134912 by Niels Roman / VORTEX-images. Belgium Air Force General Dynamics F 16BM Fighting Falcon, FB 24
Photo ID 191592 by Pye. Belgium Air Force General Dynamics F 16BM Fighting Falcon, FB 24
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