F-16V (Viper) / F-21 Fighting Falcon Multi-role Fighter

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.

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

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.

The integration of a new active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar on Viper aircraft was concluded in August 2014.

Lockheed Martin displayed the F-16V cockpit demonstrator in Jakarta, Indonesia, for the Indonesian Air Force, in October 2015. The company is in discussions with Indonesian Government on a possible sale of the F-16V aircraft.

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Cockpit and avionics

UAE F-16 Block 60

The advanced glass cockpit of the F-16V incorporates upgraded mission computer, and state-of-the-art avionics, including colour multi-function displays, a large high-resolution centre pedestal display (CPD), helmet-mounted cueing system, and a high-volume, high-speed data bus.

UAE F-16 Block 60

The CPD enhances situational awareness of the crew by supporting real-time processing and imaging of flight safety data. The F-16V is also equipped with an upgraded programmable displays generator, a Link-16 theatre data link, identification friend or foe (IFF) and HF/UHF/VHF radio communications.

Lockheed Martin

The single, high-performance, modular mission computer (MMC) on the F-16V is a replacement of the three original computers. It provides higher computing power to the avionics and weapon systems, while offering improved situational awareness, air-to-air strike performances, accurate targeting and information capabilities. The gigabit ethernet-based architecture enables the control of electronic warfare displays and avionics systems of the aircraft.

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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 TRLapproach
  • 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 Source elbitsystems-us.com

The advanced fighter jet is also fitted with precision GPS navigation and automated ground collision avoidance system (AGCAS), which provides the pilot with alerts of imminent collision with the ground and controls the aircraft to avoid a collision in case of pilot’s unresponsiveness to visual cues.

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F-16V weapon systems

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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.

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Targeting and countermeasures of Viper fighter

The AESA radar aboard the aircraft enables all-weather targeting, and offers high-resolution detection and imaging of land-based targets. The phased array radar allows the simultaneous application of air-to-air and air-to-surface modes.

APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) AESA

The APG-83 AESA provides the following capability enhancements over legacy mechanically scanned APG-66 & APG-68 radars to ensure F-16s, F-18s and other 4th gen aircraft remain operationally viable and sustainable for decades to come:

  • Autonomous, all-environment stand-off precision targeting
    • BIG SAR wide area high-res maps
    • High quality, coordinate generation
  • Greater target detection and tracking range
    • Faster search and target acquisition
    • Smaller target detection
    • Multi-target tracking
    • Robust electronic protection (A/A and A/G)
  • Enhanced combat ID
  • Interleaved mode operations for greater situational awareness
  • Maritime modes
  • 3-5X greater reliability and availability

Source northropgrumman.com

Lockheed Martin

Type: Radar Altitude Max: 0 m
Range Max: 296.3 km Altitude Min: 0 m
Range Min: 0.2 km Generation: Early 2010s
Properties: Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) [Side Info], Non-Coperative Target Recognition (NCTR) – Narrow Beam Interleaved Search and Track [Class Info], Continous Tracking Capability [Phased Array Radar], Track While Scan (TWS), Low Probability of Intercept (LPI), Pulse Doppler Radar (Full LDSD Capability), Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA)
AN/APG-83 SABR AESA – (F-16, LPI) Radar
Role: Radar, FCR, Air-to-Air & Air-to-Surface, Long-Range
Max Range: 296.3 km

Source cmano-db.com

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.

Sniper advanced targeting pod (ATP)

Maj Brian “DUTCH” Deas of the 416th CTF FLTS performs 45 degree Bombs run with wingman Maj David “DIVOT”Kern and backseat Lockheed Martin Photograher Chad “SNAP” Bellay. As well as doing Photo chase upgrade runs for DUTCH.

Sniper pods include a high definition mid-wave forward looking infrared (FLIR), dual-mode laser, HDTV, laser spot tracker, laser marker, video data link, and a digital data recorder. Advanced image processing algorithms, combined with rock steady stabilization techniques, provide cutting-edge performance. The pod features automatic tracking and laser designation of tactical size targets via real-time imagery presented on cockpit displays. The Sniper pod is fully compatible with the latest J-series munitions for precision weapons delivery against multiple moving and fixed targets.

Advanced Targeting Pod – Sensor Enhancement (ATP-SE) design upgrades include enhanced sensors, advanced processors, and automated NTISR modes.

The Sniper pod’s architecture and modular design permits true two-level maintenance, eliminating costly intermediate-level support. Automated built-in test permits flightline maintainers to isolate and replace an LRU in under 20 minutes. Spares are ordered through a user-friendly website offering in-transit visibility to parts shipment.

General characteristics
Primary function: positive identification, automatic tracking and laser designation, NTISR
Prime contractor: Lockheed Martin
Length: 98.2 inches (252 centimeters)
Diameter: 11.9 inches (30 centimeters)
Weight: 446 pounds (202 kilograms)
Aircraft: F-15E, F-16 Block 30/40/50, A-10, B-1
Sensors: high resolution FLIR and HDTV, dual mode laser designator, laser spot tracker and laser marker
Date deployed: January 2005
Inventory: not available

(Current as of September 2015)

Source af.mil

AN/AAQ-33 Sniper XR [Laser Designator] – Laser Designator
Laser Target Designator & Ranger (LTD/R)
Max Range: 27.8 km
AN/AAQ-33 Sniper XR [FLIR] – Infrared
Infrared, Attack FLIR
Max Range: 97.2 km
AN/AAQ-33 Sniper XR [FLIR, Air-to-Air Tracking] – Infrared
Infrared, Navigation / Attack FLIR & Air-to-Air Tracking
Max Range: 185.2 km
AN/AAQ-33 Sniper XR Pod [FLIR + LRMTS, 40k ft] – (2005) Sensor Pod

Source cmano-db.com

The Viper fighter is equipped with upgraded electronic warfare equipment and modern threat warning systems, including jammers, threat warning receivers, electronic countermeasures equipment pods, as well as chaff and infrared flare dispensers to defend the most dangerous threats in complex battlefield scenarios.


UAE F-16 Block 60

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.

Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229

Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney (United Technologies)
Thrust: 17,800 pounds dry thrust; 29,160 pounds with afterburner
Overall Pressure Ratio at Maximum Power: 32
Thrust-to-Weight Ratio: 7.6
Bypass Ratio: 0.36
Compressor: Two spool, axial flow, three-stage fan
LP-HP Compressor Stages: 0-10
HP-LP Turbine Stages: 2-2
Combustor Type: Annular
Length: 191 in (4.85 m)
Engine Control: FADEC
Diameter: 46.5 in (1.18 m)
Dry Weight: 3,836 lbs (1,744 kg)
Platforms: F-15E Strike Eagle; F-16 Fighting Falcon
Price/Unit Cost: Unknown
First Run: Unknown
First Flight: 1989

Source fi-powerweb.com

General Electric F110-GE-129

Manufacturer: General Electric Co.
Thrust: F110-GE-129: 29,500 pounds; F110-GE-132: 32,000 pounds
Overall Pressure Ratio at Maximum Power: F110-GE-129: 30.7; F110-GE-132: 33.3
Thrust-to-Weight Ratio: F110-GE-129: 7.29; F110-GE-132: 7.90
Compressor: Two spool, axial flow, three-stage fan
LP-HP Compressor Stages: 0-9
HP-LP Turbine Stages: 1-2
Combustor Type: Annular
Length: 182.3 in (4.63 m)
Diameter: 46.5 in (118 cm)
Dry Weight: F110-GE-129: 3,980 lbs (1,805 kg); F110-GE-132: 4,050 lbs (1,837 kg)
Platforms: F-16 Fighting Falcon; F-14 (retired); F-15K Slam Eagle; F-15SA; F-15SG; F-2
Price/Unit Cost: Unknown
First Run: 1992 (F110-GE-129)
First Flight: Unknown

Source fi-powerweb.com

Source Lockheed Martin

Main material source airforce-technology.com

Images are from public domain unless otherwise stated

Updated Sep 30, 2019

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