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F-16 Falcon Technical
The F-16 is a one-engine aircraft which can be equipped with the F100-PW-200, F100-PW-220, F100-PW-229 from Pratt & Whitney or the F110-GE-100 or F110-GE-129 from General Electric.
All engines are turbofan type with afterburner.
The newest engine - F100-PW-229 - is used on the F-16's Block 52.
The United States Air Fore uses all of these engine on her enormous F-16 fleet. The Royal Netherlands Air Force used the the F100-PW-220 from Pratt & Whitney. This is a low bypass, twin-spool (low and high pressure compressor) turbofan engine with afterburner.
The P&W F100 engine has a full length annular fan type, a 3-stage low pressure compressor (together with the fan driven by the LDT on the N1-axis), 10-stage high pressure compressor (driven by the HDT on the N2-axis), an annular type combustion chamber, 2-stage low pressure turbine, 2-stage high pressure turbine and a variable geometric nozzle.
To avoid stall in the compressor, the starter engine is connected to the HPC which will rotate the N2-axis first. Later the LDC will also be activated by aerodynamic coupling.
F100-PW-200 (photo 1).
photo 1 F100-PW
The F-16 has 2 internal fuel tanks (front and aft), 2 integral wing tanks (left and right) and 2 external fuel tanks on both sides beneath the wing. With the Air Refuel Receptacle, fuel can be pomped in by a tanker aircraft but only by a boom system.
The F-16 can carry a lot of bombs like: AGM-65G Maverick, AIM-9 Sidewinder, AIM-120B Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air-Missile, laser guided bombs GBU and the Mk. 80 series bombs.
The F-16 has 1 engine and has a maximum speed of 2020km/h (without bombs). The aircraft can resist 9G forces.
All F-16's in the Royal Netherlands Air Force have been updated under the name Midlife Update.
In 2004 they've got a new update: M3 software update. Most important on the M3 upgrade was the addition of Link 16. Around 2008 there will be around 1000 F-16's in the NATO which can be useful in a link 16 network (400 European F-16's and 600 US F-16's). In 2006 the first F-16s were updated with M4 software.
Specifications RNLAF F-16AM / F-16BM
With the purchase of 40 new F-16C/D fighter jets for Greece hellenic Air Force, they will also buy the following systems to equip their modern F-16's.
The F-16MLU M3 fighter jets from the Royal Danish Air Force have:
AN/ALQ -213(V), Electronic Warfare Management System:
- advanced Threat display
- 3-dimensional audio system & active noise reduction
- tactical data-unit for data loading/unloading and recording
On the wings
Station 3, ECIPS+:
Upgraded pylon with three AAR-60(V)2 MWS sensors and ALQ-162(V)6 RF RF hammer
Station 7, PIDS+
Upgraded pylon with three AAR-60(V)2 MWS sensors, processor and chaff/flare dispenser.
On aircraft centerline
- Modular reconnaissance pod, MRP allowing various combinations of sensors such as electro-optical, infra-red line scanners, Synthetic Aperture Radars and others.
Provisions for real-time downlink.
F-16AM from the Royal Netherlands Air Force
|Last updated: July 20, 2010|