### Best of the 2010 F-16 Variants

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**12 Aug 2010, 11:48**I was trying to put together a comparison of F-16 models here in 2010. Was wondering if people could fill in some holes...

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`Design Proficiency Throughout The Four Phases of Air Combat`

1. Detection Range

2. Manoeuvre to engage (close)

3. Engage (fire)

4. Manoeuvre to disengage

Cockpit Design

1. Datalink

F-16I Soufa with video data link

2. Cockpit Displays

F-16I Soufa with

F-16E Block60 with three 5x7-inch color displays

F-16C Block50+/52+ with

F-2A with

F-CK-1C with two Bendix colored MFDs

FA-50 with

3. HUD (Head Up Display)

F-CK-1C with Elbit HUD

FA-50 with

4. Flight Controls

Radars

F-16I Soufa with APG-68(V)9

F-16E Block60 with APG-80 AESA

F-16C Block50+/52+ with APG-68(V)10

F-2A with J/APG-1 AESA

F-CK-1C with GD-53(V)2

FA-50 with EL/M-2032

1. Antenna Construction

2. Radar Search Area

3. Radar Modes

4. Number of Targets Tracked

5. Number of Targets Engaged

Other Sensors

1. Cockpit View (Mk1 eyeball)

F-16 with large glass canopy

F-2A with 3-piece canopy

F-CK-1C with single-piece upward-hinged canopy

FA-50 with large glass canopy

2. Navigation Aids

3. IRST

4. Targeting & Navigation Pods

F-16I Soufa with

F-16E Block60 with integrated FLIR (IFTS)

F-16C Block50+/52+ with ; CJ's with Pave Penny, AN/ASQ-213 HTS

F-2A with J/AAQ-2 FLIR, drogue parachute

FA-50 with

5. Helmet Mounted Sights (HMS) & Cueing

F-16I Soufa with Elbit HCMS

F-16E Block60 pre-wired for JHCMS; to be added later

F-16C Block50+/52+ with Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS)

FA-50 with

6. RWR (Radar Warning Receiver)/ELS (Emitter Location System)

F-16I Soufa with

F-16E Block60 with

F-16C Block50+/52+ with AN/ALR-56M

F-2A with

F-CK-1C with Litton RWR

FA-50 with

7. Integrated chaff/flare dispensers

F-16I Soufa with Aerial Towed Decoy

F-16E Block60 with

F-16C Block50+/52+ with AN/ALE-47

F-2A with

F-CK-1C with rear AN/ALE-47

FA-50 with

8. ECM (Electronic Countermeasures) System

F-16I Soufa with an Elisra electronic warfare suite

F-16E Block60 with Falcon Edge, AN/ALQ-165 ASPJ

F-16C Block50+/52+ with

F-2A with Mitsubishi Electric integrated electronic warfare system

FA-50 with

9. Databus/Other

F-16I Soufa with MIL-STD-1553 data bus

F-16E Block60 with MIL-STD-1553 data bus

F-16C Block50+/52+ with MIL-STD-1760 data bus, AN/APX-113 IFF, OBOGS; D's have dorsal spine compartment

F-2A with MIL-STD-1773 fiber-optic data bus

F-CK-1 with twin MIL-STD 1553B data buses, runway arrester hook

FA-50 with

Airframe Factors

1. Design Load Limitations (+/-G)

2. Maneuverability

3. RCS (Radar Cross Section)

F-2A with radar-absorbent material (RAM) applied to the aircraft's nose, wing leading-edges and engine inlet

4. Powerplants

5. Air intake limitations

6. Weights (Empty/Maximum T-O)

F-16I Soufa at

F-16E Block60 at 22,000lb (9,980kg)

F-16C Block50+/52+ at 18,900lb (8,570kg)/42,300lb (19,200kg)

F-2A at 21,000lb (9,500kg)/48,700lb (22,100kg)

F-CK-1C at 14,300lb (6,500kg)/20,000lb (9,000kg)

FA-50 at 14,285lb (6,500kg)/26,400lb (11,975kg)

7. Internal Fuel

FA-50 with 701-gal (2655L)

8. External Hardpoints

F-16 with 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

F-2A with

F-CK-1 with nine hardpoints

FA-50 with seven hardpoints

9. Wing Area

F-16 with 300 ft²

F-2A with 375 ft²

F-CK-1C with 260 ft²

10. Conformal Fuel Tanks

F-16I Soufa with 450-gal (2045L)

F-16E Block60 with 450-gal (2045L)

F-16C Block50+/52+ with 450-gal (2045L)

F-2A with

F-CK-1C with 300-gal (1136L)

11. External Fuel Points

F-16I Soufa with

F-16E Block60 with

F-16C Block50+/52+

F-2A with centerline 300-gal (1136L) tank

F-CK-1C with centerline 275-gal (1041L) tank

Powerplants

F-16I Soufa with F100-PW-229 (17.8k dry/29.16k wet)

F-16E Block60 with F110-GE-132 (32.5k wet)

F-16C Block50+ with F110-GE-129 (17k dry/29.5k wet)

F-16C Block52+ with F100-PW-229 (17.8k dry/29.16k wet)

F-2A with F110-GE-129 (17k dry/29.5k wet)

F-CK-1C with (2x) F125-70 (each 6k dry/9.5k wet)

FA-50 with F404-102 (11.9k dry/17.7k wet)

Performance

1. Straight line Acceleration

2. Flight Envelope

3. Rate of Climb

4. Service Ceiling

all F-16 versions rated at 59,000ft (18,000m)

F-CK-1 at 55,000ft (16,800m)

FA-50 with 48,000ft (14,600m)

5. Turning radius

6. Maximum Rate of Speed

F-16 clean is Mach 1.89 at 40,000ft/Mach 1.2 at sea level

F-2A clean is Mach 1.89 at 40,000ft/Mach 1.1 at sea level

F-CK-1C clean is Mach 1.65 at 36,000ft/Mach 1.2 at sea level

FA-50 with

7. Combat Radius (Intercept, Strike, etc.)

F-16E Block 60 strike on internal fuel (two 2,000-lb. bombs and four air-to-air missiles) 1,025 miles

F-16C Block50+/52+ hi-lo-hi interdiction on internal fuel (with six 500-lb bombs) 360 miles

F-CK-1C with four missiles on internal fuel 320 mile (550km) combat radius

8. Ferry Range

F-16C Block50+/52+ at 2450 miles with maximum external fuel (excluding 600gal. tanks or CFT's) .

9. Thrust/Weight

F-16I Soufa at

F-16E Block60 at

F-16C Block50+/52+ at 1.095

F-2A at .89

F-CK-1C at .9

FA-50 with

10. Wing loading

all F-16 versions at 88.3 lb/ft²

F-CK-1C at 103.8 lb/ft²

FA-50 with

Weapons

1. Gun

all F-16s use the 20mm M61A1 Vulcan gatling gun derivatives, 511-515 rounds)

F-2A with 20mm M61A1 Vulcan gatling gun derivatives, 511 rounds)

F-CK-1C with 20mm M61A1 Vulcan gatling gun derivatives, 515 rounds)

FA-50 with A-50 3-barreled 20 mm M197 Gatling gun

2. WVR Missiles (Within Visual Range)

F-16I Soufa with Python4/Python5

F-16E Block60 with AIM-9X/IRIS-T/AIM-132

F-16C Block50+/52+ with AIM-9X/IRIS-T

F-2A with Type90 AAM-3/AIM-9

F-CK-1C with TC-1 Skysword I/AIM-9P4

FA-50 with AIM-9

3. BVR Missiles (Beyond Visual Range)

F-16I Soufa with

F-16E Block60 with

F-16C Block50+/52+ with AIM-120C7

F-2A with Type99 AAM-4

F-CK-1C with TC-2 Skysword II

FA-50 with

4. Air to Ground Missiles

F-16C Block50+/52+ with AGM-45, AGM-65G, AGM-88

F-16E Block60 with AGM-65G, AGM-84E SLAM

F-CK-1 with TC-2A anti-radar missile, HF-2E cruise missile

FA-50 with

5. Smart Bomb capability

F-16C Block50+/52+ with JDAM, AGM-154 JSOW, WCMD

F-16E Block60 with JDAM, AGM-154 JSOW

FA-50 with

6. Dumb Bomb capability

F-16I Soufa with

F-16E Block60 with

F-16C Block50+/52+

F-2A with

F-CK-1C with Wan Chien ("Ten thousand Arrows") cluster bomb, Ching Yun ("Cyan Cloud") FAE bomb

FA-50 with

7. Anti-Shipping

F-16I Soufa with

F-16E Block60 with

F-16C Block50+/52+ with AGM-84 Harpoon

F-2A with Type 93 ASM-2

8. Other

Other Factors

1. Unit Costs

F-CK-1C cost $30-million

FA-50 cost $25-million

2. Operation Costs