F-16 A/B/C/D Fighting Falcon

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    Post All discussions related to PAF's viper fleet here.

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    Refurbished Dutch F-16s bound for Chilean air force

    SANTIAGO, Chile, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Chile is starting to take delivery of Dutch F-16 fighter bombers, that old workhorse of the Cold War years, as part of a deal that will see the Chilean air force making more use of the refurbished jets.

    This week, 18 of the refurbished F-16s are to be delivered to Chile at the Leeuwarden Air Base in the Netherlands and more are due for transfer to the Latin American country at a later stage. Chilean officials said the final number of F-16s in the air force could total 44 by 2011.

    The total price tag on the refurbishment, appropriately called the Mid-Life Upgrade, wasn't discussed. Figures in excess of $270 million were mentioned but not confirmed.

    Other than technological advancement, including change of software and battle-readiness of the aircraft, the F-16s will undergo change of colors and symbols before they land in Chile.

    The Dutch air force decided to sell the F-16s as surplus to its need. Dutch instructors are training Chilean military personnel, including maintenance engineers on the upkeep of the fighter bombers once they enter the Chilean air force service.

    Chile pursued the purchase for several years before the initial deal became known in April 2009.

    Industry analysts said the upgrade of the F-16s bound for Chile was likely to be to standard configuration, which makes them capable of performing all kinds of missions. Whether the upgrade includes the whole range of operating software or some has been withheld isn't known. Analysts said it was unlikely that the full range of U.S. software would be made available for transfer to Chile.

    Industry sources said the Chilean F-16s could likely be equipped with Israeli Python 4 and Derby missiles.

    The F-16 entered service in 1979 as a General Dynamics innovation specifically for the U.S. Air Force. In 1993, General Dynamics sold its aircraft manufacturing business to the Lockheed Corp., which in turn became part of Lockheed Martin after a 1995 merger with Martin Marietta.

    The F-16 "Fighting Falcon" -- nicknamed "Viper" by pilots because of its nose -- was expected to be replaced by a successor in 1999. Due to several reasons, both economic and political, the F-16 wasn't replaced. Instead, in an effort to maintain the same level of operational capabilities and operational effectiveness of existing aircraft over the next 10 to 20 years amid ever increasing technology, the manufacturers put in place an extensive modernization program. It became known as the Mid-Life Update.

    The Netherlands air force initially bought a total of 213 F-16A/B, one of four European participating air forces and one of five countries to build the F-16 locally. Later the Dutch reduced their inventory to 108 aircraft but upgraded all of them to MLU standard. Some surplus Dutch F-16s were sold to Jordan.
     
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    ^ Sorry i meant PAF F-16s thats why this thread is in Pakistan section !
     
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    F-16 block 50/52+ official video by Lockheed Martin.
     
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    PAF F-16 50/52+ test flight.
     
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    PAF to get first batch of Eight new F-16 jets by June 2010
    January 2, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman has said that the country will get eight new F-16 fighter jets by June 2010.

    The Air Chief Marshal said that after the induction of hi-tech Saab-2000 Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&CS) aircraft in the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), the country’s frontiers have become more secure.

    In an exclusive interview with DawnNews, the air chief said that the PAF was in the process of getting more advanced weapons which would significantly enhance its capability.

    Source: Dawn News
     
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    14 more F-16s approved from US: Air Chief
    March 27, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman said a contingency plan was ready to counter any threat to the country’s security and made it clear that any misadventure by the adversary would invite a ‘massive reaction’.

    Speaking at a briefing here at Air Headquarters, he said Pakistan did not harbour aggressive designs against any country, but was capable of beating back any aggressor.

    He said Pakistan believed in peace with honour and observed that peace cannot be maintained from a position of weakness.

    In reply to a question about the threats of surgical strikes inside Pakistan by India in case of another Mumbai-like terror attack, the PAF chief said “the neighbours know that in case of a sneak attack by them, reaction will be coming within hoursâ€.

    He said India would not be able to penetrate deep inside Pakistan’s territory, and the most they would do in such a case would be to choose an area near the border for a hit-and-run operation.

    He said when the President House received a hoax call from ‘the Indian foreign minister’ after the Mumbai episode, the Pakistan Air Force identified certain targets across the border.

    ACM Rao Qamar Suleman said permission from the government for replying to any aggression had been obtained and preparations made for a matching response.

    He said India would not be able to defeat Pakistan in a conventional war.

    He said the High Mark 2010 was not aimed against any country, but aimed at evaluating capabilities in an environment where dimensions of threat were changing warranting new concepts. He said the exercise was different in nature from the previous ones because the other two services were also actively taking part in it.

    He noted that a future war would be swift and intense and said that is why the high tempo operation with a component of time sensitive targeting was being undertaken.

    He said the budget for the exercise had been managed by savings as a result of 20 per cent reduction in flying from June, without asking for additional funds for the mega event from the Government.

    Responding to question, he indicated that there was no plan to set up an air base in Azad Kashmir saying that the base in Skardu was sufficient to meet operational requirements of the PAF.

    The Air Chief said Pakistan would start receiving 18 F-16 planes paid for it years back from June and the process would be completed by December. He disclosed that the United States had agreed to provide another 14 block 52 F-16s to Pakistan shortly. He said the existing fleet of F-16s would be upgraded in Turkey from September. He said all the F-16s would be upgraded to block 52 by 2014.

    He said he said he never wanted a deal with the US for purchase of drones since it would be very expensive, but said it would be welcomed if sensors were provided by the US. He said Pakistan develops its own surveillance drones and would invest in research and development to make its own armed drones if a need was felt.

    Earlier Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Plans) Air Commodore Javed Ahmad briefing reporters on the concept of High Mark 2010 said the primary target was to put to test the high state of combat readiness while gearing up all supporting units and validate the lessons learnt to improve deployment tactics.

    He said since international, and domestic situation impinges upon the security calculus, the near realistic exercise was in line with the transformation in PAF’s concept of operations. He said new acquisitions had been operationalised in minimum possible time to take part in the exercise that will continue till the mid of May.
     
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    Eight PAF pilots complete F-16 training in Arizona
    May 2, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Eight pilots of the Pakistan Air Force have completed flying training on Block-52 F-16C/D model aircraft at the international F-16 training unit at Tucson, Arizona.

    They will be honoured at a graduation ceremony at the Pima Air and Space Museum on Tuesday. The eight pilots undertook seven months of training in Tucson that included a fighter conversion course on the F-16C/D, flight lead upgrade training and instructor pilot certification so that they could return home and impart similar training to other pilots.

    Keynote speakers at the graduation ceremony will include Air Marshal Waseemud Din, Deputy Chief of Air Staff (Admin), PAF and Brig Gen Lyn D Sherlock, the director of regional affairs, office of the deputy under secretary of the US Air Force for International Affairs.

    Source: Associated Press of Pakistan
     
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    First batch of three F-16s lands in Pakistan
    June 26, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: With top security officials terming it a great breakthrough, the first batch of three latest version F-16 C/D Block-52 high-tech Fighting Falcons landed in Pakistan on Saturday.

    “The induction of multi-role F-16 C/D Block-52 will give a great edge and a potent punch to Pakistan Air Force (PAF),â€￾ said a top official, who expressed his happiness over the arrival of Lockheed Martin’s F-16s at the PAF Base Shahbaz (Jacobabad).

    These US Falcons reached Pakistan under “Peace Drive Iâ€￾ programme, continuing a long tradition of naming F-16 international sales programmes with the word Peace. The programme raises the total number of F-16s ordered by Pakistan to 54. The Pakistan Air Force received its first F-16, in the Block 15 F-16A/B configuration, in 1982. Pakistan has been operating Lockheed Martin aircraft since 1963, when it received C-130B airlifters.

    Trained at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, Pakistani pilots brought the fighting Falcons to Pakistan. These pilots were the first to train in the US since 1983, when the last class of Pakistani pilots trained at the Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

    Air Marshal Mohammad Hasan, Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Operations) and Air Marshal Waseem-ud-Din, Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Administration), along with other senior PAF officials, received the aircraft at the base.

    Pakistan attaches great significance to its air defence needs, as it had signed a contract with the US government in the year 2005-06 for the acquisition of 18 F-16 C/D Block 52 aircraft.

    Under this arrangement, PAF would receive these state-of-the-art aircraft from the US in different batches. The delivery of all 18 aircraft would be completed by the end this year.

    The F-16 C/D Block 52 aircraft is a high tech fighter aircraft equipped with sophisticated state-of-the-art avionics suite, latest weapons with night precision attack capability. These aircraft are much superior to the F-16A/Bs already in the inventory of the PAF. In June 2005, Pakistan requested the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of 36 F-16C/D block 50/52 aircraft. In June 2006, the Pentagon notified Congress of its intention to approve the sale and Lockheed Martin was awarded a contract for 12 F-16C and six F-16D block 52 aircraft in Dec 2006. The aircraft will be armed with AMRAAM and Sidewinder missiles and the Sniper targeting pod.

    The new planes purchased by Pakistan, Block 52 versions of the multi-role fighter, are far more advanced than the older A-model versions and will allow pilots to conduct operations at night and greatly enhance their use of precision munitions.
     
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    Long Live Pakistan Air Force.
     
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    A memorable photo of Martyred Air chief marshal Mushaf Ali Mir - he was one of the BEST viper drivers PAF ever produced.

    PAF Air base Sargodha was named after him now its called PAF Base Mushaf.

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    PAF-F16Block52+ with CFTs. !!

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    Pakistan Air Chief Outlines Procurement Plans

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    Feb 28, 2011

    By Leithen Francis leithen_francis@aviationweek.com
    MELBOURNE, Australia

    Pakistan is in negotiations with the U.S. to get more Lockheed Martin F-16s over and above what it already has on order, while at the same time it develops its defense manufacturing capability to reduce its reliance on the U.S.

    “We have plans to have more F-16s and are negotiating with the U.S. government for more,†says Air Chief Marshall Rao Qamar Suleman, the Pakistani Air Force chief of air staff. Rao spoke to Aviation Week in Melbourne, Australia, where he was attending an air chiefs’ conference.

    When asked how many more aircraft Pakistan wants, Rao declines to specify the number on the grounds that “we are still in the process of negotiations.†“It depends in what form and the timeframe,†he adds.

    In 2006 the U.S. Congress agreed to give Pakistan 28 F-16C/Ds under an excess-defense articles scheme. Pakistan recently received the first 14, but has yet to receive the others. Rao says it is unclear when these aircraft will arrive and it is part of the current negotiations.

    Pakistan has a total of 63 F-16s, of which 45 are A/Bs and 18 are C/Ds. Rao says all the A/Bs are to undergo a mid-life upgrade and become C/D aircraft “close to block 50†standard. The first three A/Bs are now undergoing the upgrade at Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI). “In 2013-2014 all of the A/Bs will have been upgraded to C/Ds.†He also says four other F-16s were sent to the U.S. for technical verification inspections so the upgrade kits could be developed that TAI will install.

    While Pakistan is an ally of the U.S., it is also an ally of China. Pakistan, for example, is producing JF-17 fighters at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex in Kamra, a city in northern Pakistan. The JF-17 is a fighter jointly developed by China and Pakistan.

    Rao says since becoming chief of air staff, he has made a concerted effort to increase the manufacturing capability of Pakistan’s defense industry. This is important because the country has in the past been subject to sanctions and embargoes, including by the U.S. over its nuclear weapons efforts.

    Rao says Pakistan will have the second squadron of JF-17s enter operation at the end of March while simultaneously phasing out all of its Nanchang A-5s. The A-5 is a ground attack aircraft from China that was first produced in 1969.

    “As for the Chengdu F-7s and Dassault Mirages, we will phase these out as we get JF-17s,†Rao says. “Some of Pakistan’s Mirages are the oldest in the world,†he says, adding that some were built in 1967. Phasing out the older Mirages is a top priority. The Mirages are difficult and costly to maintain as no one is producing spare parts for these aircraft anymore, he says. “We are getting second-hand parts, but we don’t know the history of these spare parts we are getting. It’s a flight safety issue and a nightmare for me,†he adds.

    When asked about datalinks that could connect the F-16s to the JF-17s, Rao says Pakistan is working to develop its own solution. “We have Link 16 on the F-16s. We will not fiddle with Link 16 and not have direct linkages [between the JF-17s] with the F-16. However, we are trying to develop our own tactical datalink.†It will send information from the JF-17 to a ground station where there will be an interface, he says, adding there will be a short delay, and then the information will be sent to the F-16s.

    Like with its fighters, Pakistan also has different types of airborne early warning and control aircraft. Pakistan has three Saab Erieye aircraft and will receive its fourth mid-year, Rao says. This is its last Saab Erieye on order. Pakistan will also receive in the middle of the year its first Shaanxi ZDK-03. Pakistan has four on order and the first rolled out of the Shaanxi Aircraft factory in November. But Rao says China is still busy installing the equipment and doing the necessary upgrades.

    Another major requirement that Pakistan has is for UAVs. It already has Italian Selex Galileo Falco UAVs and Rao says Pakistan has reached an agreement with the company whereby some Falcos will be made in Pakistan for the local market and export. Production will start in Pakistan this year, he says. In the past Pakistan reportedly wanted to have the Falco armed, a request that Italy rejected. Rao says the UAVs made in Pakistan will carry no weapons and will be for reconnaissance and surveillance, mostly of areas where insurgents and terrorists may be hiding.

    Another issue that may arise in the longer term is whether Pakistan needs a so-called fifth-generation fighter. Pakistan’s rival, India, is teaming up with Russia to develop one based on Russia’s T-50. When asked if Pakistan would like to be involved in China’s Chengdu J-20 program, Rao says: “We don’t have any involvement in this development so far. This seems to be an indigenous development and we will very keenly watch this development. Obviously, China is a very good friend of Pakistan’s. It’s still some time [several years] before this aircraft becomes operational in the Chinese air force.â€

    Pakistan Air Chief Outlines Procurement Plans | AVIATION WEEK
     
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    USA yet to deliver our 14 embargo F-16s.
     

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