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F-16 Fighting Falcon

The F-16 is being used by the USAF active, reserve, and Air National Guard units, the USAF aerial demonstration team, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, and as an adversary/aggressor aircraft by the United States Navy.

The U.S. Air Force has used the F-16 in combat in Operation Desert Storm of 1991, and in the Balkan later in the 1990s. F-16s have patrolled the no fly zones in Iraq during Northern Watch and Southern Watch. They have served during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq in 2000s.

The F-16 is scheduled to remain in service with the U.S. Air Force until 2025.The planned replacement is the F-35 Lightning II, which will gradually begin replacing a number of multirole aircraft among the program's member nations.



Armament

Guns: 1× 20 mm (0.787 in) M61 Vulcan gatling gun, 511 rounds

Hardpoints: 2× wing-tip Air-to-air missile launch rails, 6× under-wing & 3× under-fuselage pylon stations holding up to 17,000 lb (7,700 kg) of payload

Rockets:

4× LAU-61/LAU-68 rocket pods (each with 19× /7× Hydra 70 mm rockets, respectively) or

4× LAU-5003 rocket pods (each with 19× CRV7 70 mm rockets) or

4× LAU-10 rocket pods (each with 4× Zuni 127 mm rockets)

Missiles:

Air-to-air missiles:

2× AIM-7 Sparrow or

6× AIM-9 Sidewinder or

6× IRIS-T or

6× AIM-120 AMRAAM or

6× Python-4

Air-to-ground missiles:

6× AGM-45 Shrike or

6× AGM-65 Maverick or

4× AGM-88 HARM

Anti-ship missiles:

2× AGM-84 Harpoon or

4× AGM-119 Penguin

Bombs:

2× CBU-87 Combined Effects Munition

2× CBU-89 Gator mine

2× CBU-97 Sensor Fuzed Weapon

Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser capable

4× GBU-10 Paveway II

6× GBU-12 Paveway II

6× Paveway-series laser-guided bombs

4× JDAM

4× Mark 84 general-purpose bombs

8× Mark 83 GP bombs

12× Mark 82 GP bombs

8× Small Diameter Bomb

B61 nuclear bomb

Others:

SUU-42A/A Flares/Infrared decoys dispenser pod and chaff pod or

AN/ALQ-131 & AN/ALQ-184 ECM pods or

LANTIRN, Lockheed Martin Sniper XR & LITENING targeting pods or

up to 3× 300/330/370 US gallon Sargent Fletcher drop tanks for ferry flight/extended range/loitering time.

Avionics

AN/APG-68 radar


Data from Wikipedia

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