The second YF-16 (#01568), equiped with 2x AIM-9, 2x AIM-7 and camera pods test-firing a Sparrow missile. [USAF photo]
on 2004-Mar-23 06:27:28 Anonymous said
Very interesting given the fact that production F-16s didn't have the radar package necessary to fire an AIM-7. It wasn't until the ADF mod that the F-16 could carry an AIM-7.
I wonder what killed the idea of production F-16s carrying AIM-7s? It must have been a little bit of "Eagle" politics I imagine.
on 2005-Nov-28 04:09:53 Anonymous said
Notice, that the Sparrows are mounted on the Main Landing Gear doors
on 2010-Jul-24 04:47:05 Moe said
F-16 AIM-7 capability
I heard, and it seemed to be relatively common knowledge around the Test people, that GD had offered to equip the A model F-16s with a Continuous Wave Illuminator that would support the F-16's AIM-7 launch and guide capability for a mere $10,000 an airplane but the Air Force turned it down so they could keep the budget up for the F-15 procurement.