F-16V Fighter – Upgrade


F-16V or Viper is the latest variant of the F-16 Fighting Falcon fourth generation, multi-role, fighter aircraft manufactured by Lockheed Martin. The Viper integrates advanced capabilities as part of an upgrade package to better interoperate with fifth-generation fighters, including the F-35 and the F-22.

The F-16V fighter jet can be deployed in suppression of enemy air defences (SEAD) missions, air-to-ground and air-to-air combat, and deep interdiction and maritime interdiction missions.

The aircraft features airborne mission role-change capability, and can detect and track time-critical hard-to-find targets in all weather conditions. It also reduces operational costs for the users. (


This mockup of the F-16V cockpit shows the large center pedestal display (CPD) that is being provided by Elbit Systems of America. (Photo: Chris Pocock)


Elbit Systems of America provided more detail on the center pedestal display (CPD) that it is providing to Lockheed Martin for the F-16V upgrade. Along with a new AESA radar, the CPD is a key element of the upgrade, which is proceeding for 150 Taiwanese F-16A/Bs, while the U.S. Air Force struggles to fund the improvements for its own fleet.

The CPD replaces old electro-mechanical instruments, improving the presentation of data and reducing pilot workload, according to Elbit. It also provides a high-resolution display for sensor imagery and for tactical situational awareness, and provides emergency backup to flight instruments if the air data computer should fail. Elbit embedded the air data module into theCPD, allowing it to connect with the existing infrastructure of the F-16. (

F-16 Center Pedestal Display


The Elbit Systems of America® F-16 Center Pedestal Display adds a new operational dimension to the F-16 cockpit with an ergonomically designed system for pilot effectiveness and comfort. Features include:

  • High resolution sensor imaging
  • Situational awareness
  • Advanced digital map application
  • Real-time processing and imaging of flight safety information
  • Multifunctional equipment that replaces analog gauges and readily installs using existing harnesses
  • Crisp and highly visible day and night imaging with NVG compatibility
  • Low risk solution utilizing high TRL approach
  • Low cost maintenance utilizing modern electronics architecture
  • High reliability due to superior MTBF
  • Low footprint installation offering best man-machine-interface while maintaining A/C analog gauges configuration option (


Northrop Grumman APG-83 radar

Northrop Grumman's Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) Wins USAF's F-16 AESA Radar Contract (1)APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR)

Unlike traditional mechanically scanned radars, SABR’s electronic scanning eliminates the need for moving parts. The single, consolidated line-replaceable unit contains the receiver, exciter, and process functions. Solid-state electronics foster three- to five-times greater reliability versus current fire-control radar systems. Electronically scanned beams accelerate area searches, resulting in earlier and longer range target detections and tracking. This also ensures rapid target updates and enables interleaved mode operations for greater mission effectiveness, situational awareness, and survivability.

SABR utilizes a larger-area, high-definition, synthetic aperture radar capability named “BIG SAR.” This alternative mode provides pilots with detailed target areas and digital map displays that can be precisely tailored. This, too, enables greater situational awareness, as well as more flexibility and quicker all-weather targeting. (Lockheed Martin)

Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod

Sniper ATP Infographic – What’s Next

The onboard Sniper advanced targeting pod (ATP) offers high air-to-surface and air-to-air targeting capability to the F-16V. It supports the launch of all laser-guided and GPS-guided weapons against multiple stationary and moving targets. The aircraft can be integrated with FLIR/laser system, and reconnaissance and navigation pods. (


The fighter jet is powered by a single Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 or a General Electric F110-GE-129 turbofan engine. The F100-PW-229 develops a thrust of 29,100lb, whereas the F110-GE-129 generates a power of 29,500lb. The power-plant provides the aircraft with a maximum speed of Mach 2 and a range of 1,740nmi.  (

F100-PW-229 develops a thrust of 29,100lb

General Electric F110-GE-129 turbofan engine generates a power of 29,500lb

F-16V weapon systems

The F-16V can be armed with a range of air-to-air missiles (AAMs), including AIM-9 Sidewinder, Magic II and ASRAAM short-range AAMs, as well as AIM-7, Sky Flash and AIM-120 medium-range AAMs. The high off-bore-sight, infrared AAMs such as AIM-9X, Python IV, AIM-132 ASRAAM and IRIS-T will also be offered.

The aircraft also supports the integration of AGM-119/AGM-84/AGM-65G anti-ship missiles, and AGM-65 Maverick air-to-ground tactical missile, as well as Paveway laser-guided bombs, GBU-15 bombs and wind corrected munitions dispenser weapons.  (

Note: See details of F-16 for weapons details: Here

F-16V development

The F-16V jet fighter was unveiled at the Singapore Airshow in February 2012. The Viper configuration is available as a new production aircraft, while a components upgrade is also being offered to the existing F-16 versions.

Lockheed Martin received a $1.85bn contract from the US Government to upgrade 145 Block 20 F-16A/B aircraft for the Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force, in October 2012. The upgrades are based on the F-16V version. (

Source: Martin/ the net

Updated Oct 01, 2016

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