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General Dynamics F-16BM Fighting Falcon

Photo ID 137742 by Brian Lockett. Denmark Air Force General Dynamics F 16BM Fighting Falcon, ET 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 64.90 kN

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:15.03 m.
Wing Span:10.00 m.
Wing Area:28.90 m²
Height:5.01 m.
Empty Weight:7,386.75 kg.
Max. Weight:17,009.71 kg.
Max. Ordnance Load:9,276 kg.
Max. Payload:14,968 kg.
Internal Fuel:2,624.03 kg.

Performance:

Max. Speed:2,125 kph
Cruise Speed:928.59 kph
Service Ceiling:16,764 m.
Normal Range:2,264.35 km
Max. Range:3,862.43 km

Operators:

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

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

Photo ID 195510 by Carl Brent. Denmark Air Force General Dynamics F 16BM Fighting Falcon, ET 197
Photo ID 152342 by Jan Eenling. Netherlands Air Force General Dynamics F 16BM Fighting Falcon, J 064
Photo ID 147172 by Chris Albutt. Norway Air Force General Dynamics F 16BM Fighting Falcon, 304
Photo ID 47695 by Radim Spalek. Belgium Air Force General Dynamics F 16BM Fighting Falcon, FB 18
Photo ID 154857 by Richard de Groot. Netherlands Air Force General Dynamics F 16BM Fighting Falcon, J 209
Photo ID 97464 by Rainer Mueller. Norway Air Force General Dynamics F 16BM Fighting Falcon, 691
Photo ID 90356 by Jan Eenling. Belgium Air Force General Dynamics F 16BM Fighting Falcon, FB 14
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