General Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon Aircraft Data
Photo ID 95745 by Cristian Schrik. 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 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: 3,160 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.

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