September 12, 2003 (by Anonymous) - Singapore recently announced that it is going to upgrade its fleet of block 52 F-16s, to block 60 standards. Singapore is also eyeing new Block 60's as a replacement for its ageing A-4SU Super Skyhawks.
The F-16 block 60
avionics owe a great deal to the F-22 and Joint Strike Fighter. The new fighter has a completely new cockpit, with three 5 x 7 inch color displays. Behind the displays is a fiber-optic high-speed datalink, a new mission computer based on commercial technology, and a data transfer system using 30-gigabyte cartridges.
In action, the Block 60 displays share the "look and feel" of the F-22. Threats and friendlies, identified by the Northrop Grumman electronic warfare suite, by AWACS or other means, are distinguished by shape and color on the screens. A single button-push creates a "shoot list" on the right-hand attack display, assigning an AMRAAM
to the closest targets.
Unlike the basic F-22, though, the Block 60 also creates a "bomb list" for air-to-ground targets or a "jam list" for electronic threats. The APG-80 radar has a variable resolution synthetic aperture radar (VRSAR) mode that allows the pilot to identify aimpoints within a target complex such as a SAM
site. Again, single-switch angles allow the pilot to toggle between SAR
, EW and infra-red displays.
The F-16 Block 60 is due to fly this year and the first aircraft will be delivered to the UAE