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Advanced versions of the Block 50/52 F-16s are difficult to tell from previous F-16s, as most changes are internal. However, the two-seat models of the Advanced Block 50/52 and Block 60 are equipped with a dorsal avionics compartment that accommodates all of the systems of the single-seat model as well as some special mission equipment and additional chaff/flare dispensers. Most aircraft are procured wit Conformal Fuel Tanks (CFT) for extended range and mission endurance. The rear cockpit can be configured for either a weapon system operator or an instructor pilot and can be converted with a single switch in the cockpit.
Advanced Block 50/52 aircraft have a common engine bay that allows customers a choice of engines in the 29,000-pound thrust class. The Block 50s and are powered by the General Electric F110-GE-129 and have the Modular Common Inlet Duct (known as the large mouth inlet). Block 60 aircraft (for the UAE) are fitted with GE F-110-GE-132 engine, a derivative of the F-110-GE-129 that is rated at 32,500 pounds of thrust. The Block 52s are powered by the Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 Improved performance Engine (IPE) which also has 29,000 pounds of thrust. The engine is configured with the Normal Shock Inlet (also known as the small mouth inlet). The aircraft is also equipped with an on-board oxygen-generating system replaces the liquid oxygen system of earlier versions to provide breathable air to the pilot. The system improves mission rate, maintainability, deployment flexibility and safety.
The Block 15 OCU (Operational Capability Upgrade) refers to F-16A/Bs powered by the more reliable F100-PW-220 turbofan. These aircraft also had structural strengthening and were provided with the enlarged HUD that was first introduced on the F-16C/D. The OCU included updates for radar and software, and upgrades for the fire control and stores management computers. A data transfer unit was added, and a radar-barometric altimeter was provided. Provision was made for the carrying of AN/ALQ-131 jamming pods. There was a provision for the installation of a ring laser inertial navigation system. F-16A/Bs manufactured since 1988 were built to OCU standards (starting with Block 15Y), with earlier Block 15 aircraft later being brought up to OCU status. The OCU program makes these F-16A/Bs comparable in many respects to F-16C/D models. Block 15 OCU F-16A/Bs were delivered as add-ons for Belgium (44), Denmark (12), the Netherlands (51), and Norway (2). Also included were planes delivered in the late 1980s and early 1990s to Indonesia (12), Pakistan (11), Portugal (20), Singapore (8) and Thailand (18).
Originally posted by ch1466
So, besides being 300lbs lighter, what is better about the APG-63V(3) than the APG-63V(2)?
I seem to recall that the process went:
Separate D/A converter and hardwired or at least 'depot only' firmware signal processor.
Digital Signal Processor integrates D/A conversion. More Memory. Beginnings of NCTR.
More Memory, Faster MCOPS/FLOPS processor, SAR and NCTR now realized.
A cheap way to bring up initial APG-63 models to 70 standards without having to pay for DMS limited stocks of older 'supertech'. Presumably because they use COTS civillian chips. The baseline of late MSIP?
A one time purchase made so that 'our friends', the UAEians, could have their very own block model in the F-16E. With APG-80. Based on APG-77 technology, it supposedly offers no operational volume/mode expansions (which seems ludicrous) but is at least able to scan those same volumes very, very, quickly. The penalty being 'brick not button' technology levels which are so heavy and cooling system intensive that not all jets can take the new antenna. And those which do have to be ballasted out with 300-400lbs.
'The Real Money Maker', by which the V(2) is effectively made a real rather than a toy sensor with more modes than any of our jets have or will have, before the JSF. In fact uses APG-81 (button) technology and is ten years sooner out of the blocks which means it will be useful before it's outdated.
Am I missing something or is there a whisper of 'Golden Eagles' somewhere in Janes' subscriber section (whoring the tech to buy it ourselves)? And what about Korea? Are they going to start breathing and getting all purple around the gills on their F-15K's or simply order a followon batch?
Also like to know exactly what kind of a 'look' into our processing architecture and object/source code variables this kind of sale gives the Chinese and Russians. Both of whom are much 'closer' to these nations than we are.
Are we so close to conformal arrays and MP-RTIP that it doesn't matter? Or are export laws now basically written by for and in the name of today's profit Uber Alles?
Originally posted by Daedalus3
The PAF will not AESA Radars IMO.
Originally posted by Lanton
I'm assuming that Washington will still go ahead (or has it already?) with the sale of F-16s to Pakistan,
Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf says he will postpone the purchase of F-16 fighter planes from the US.
He said Pakistan needed to focus on reconstruction in the wake of the quake that killed more than 70,000 people.
Pakistan had been expected to buy more than 50 planes at up to $40m each. Quake reconstruction is put at $5bn.
"I am going to postpone that... we want to bring maximum relief and reconstruction efforts," he said. Pakistan has long sought the jets but the US only approved the sale in March after years of sanctions concerning Islamabad's nuclear programme.
On March 25th, 2005, the US Government announced that it had agreed to Pakistan's request to sell new F-16s. Pakistan has requested an additional 24 new Block 50/52 F-16C/Ds (with option for as much as 55 aircraft).
but the question now is, in light of the possible sale of Super Hornets, with AESA capability, to India, what block F-16s will the Pakistani's be getting?