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General Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon

Photo ID 33277 by Alex van Noye. Netherlands Air Force General Dynamics F 16AM Fighting Falcon, J 015
In 1989 a two-year study began regarding possible mid-life upgrades for the USAF’s and European Partner Air Forces’ (EPAF’s) F-16A'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-16C 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-16AM.

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: 317
  • No. In Service: 309
  • No. of Hardpoints: 11
  • Crew: 1

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:6,970 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-16AM Fighting Falcon:

Photo ID 69192 by Coert van Breda. Belgium Air Force General Dynamics F 16AM Fighting Falcon, FA 87
Photo ID 173407 by Marco Casaleiro. Portugal Air Force General Dynamics F 16AM Fighting Falcon, 15123
Photo ID 47647 by Tobias Ader. Netherlands Air Force General Dynamics F 16AM Fighting Falcon, J 511
Photo ID 54083 by Peter Emmert. Netherlands Air Force General Dynamics F 16AM Fighting Falcon, J 008
Photo ID 70574 by PAUL CALLAGHAN. Denmark Air Force General Dynamics F 16AM Fighting Falcon, E 608
Photo ID 146725 by Roberto Bianchi. Belgium Air Force General Dynamics F 16AM Fighting Falcon, FA 84
Photo ID 104788 by Chris Albutt. Norway Air Force General Dynamics F 16AM Fighting Falcon, 671
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