192 Filo converted to the F-16 in 1992. It was the second Turkish squadron to fly with the block 50 version of the Fighting Falcon. Previous orders had compromised both block 30 and block 40 airframes. With the Peace Onyx II and III orders, the newer block 50’s were ordered.
Although the squadron is equipped with the advanced block 50 version of the F-16, the squadron did not incorporate the SEAD mission as in the other block 50 squadrons, but kept it’s main air defence mission. This was mainly because the Turkish Air Force lacked serious air defence assets of other fighters at the time the F-16 was put in service, so it was obliged to have some F-16 squadrons being used solely for air defence missions. Besides this task, they have a dedicated strike role. Nuclear weapons were previously located on base, but since 1996 the vaults have been placed in caretaker status and weapons were moved to Incirlik AB.
TUAF F-16C block 50 #93-0689
from 192 Filo attending the 2003 Tigermeet at Cambrai AB on June 8th, 2003. [Tailslides
photo by Peter]
Since a number of years, all F-16s squadrons within the Turkish Air Force are multi-role. This means they can handle all missions, but are specialised in one. With the CCIP program – which will start in 2009 – the aircraft will get an upgrade which will prolong their service life and introduce a completely new cockpit and advanced electronics. This upgrade will enhance the aircraft even further to carry new kind of weapons and introduce new technologies which were not available at the time when the contract for these fighters was signed.