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F-16V Super Viper

Lockheed Martin unveiled a new version of the F-16 Feb. 15, 2012 at the Singapore Airshow. The F-16V will feature enhancements including an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, an upgraded mission computer and architecture, and improvements to the cockpit all capabilities identified by the U.S. Air Force and several international customers for future improvements.

With nearly 4,500 F-16s delivered, this is a natural step in the evolution of the worlds most successful 4th generation fighter. The Fighting Falcon program has continually evolved as it began with the F-16 A/B as the lightweight fighter then transitioned to F-16 C/D and Block 60 versions as customers requirements changed.

AESA radars offer significant operational capability improvements. Lockheed Martin has developed an innovative solution to affordably retrofit this key technology into existing F-16s. The F-16V configuration is an option for new production jets and elements of the upgrade are available to most earlier-model F-16s. The V designation is derived from Viper, the name fighter pilots have called the F-16 from its beginnings.

We believe this F-16V will satisfy our customers emerging requirements and prepare them to better interoperate with the 5th generation fighters, the F-35 and F-22, said George Standridge, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics vice president of business development.

Lockheed Martin successfully completed the maiden flight of the F-16V, the latest and most advanced F-16 on the market today. The 16 October 2015 flight marks the first time an F-16 has flown with Northrop Grummans advanced APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR), which will deliver a quantum leap in capability for the venerable F-16.

The F-16V Viper advanced avionics configuration also includes a new cockpit Center Pedestal Display, a modernized mission computer, a high-capacity Ethernet data bus, and several other missions systems enhancements that collectively add significant combat capabilities to address the dynamic threat environments emerging in the coming decades.

This flight marks a historic milestone in the evolution of the F-16, said Rod McLean, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martins F-16/F-22 Integrated Fighter Group. The new F-16V configuration includes numerous enhancements designed to keep the F-16 at the forefront of international security, strengthening its position as the worlds foremost combat-proven 4th Generation fighter aircraft.

The F-16V, an option for both new production F-16s and F-16 upgrades, is the next generation configuration that leverages a common worldwide sustainment infrastructure and provides significant capability improvements to the worlds most affordable, combat-proven multi-role fighter.

Northrop Grummans APG-83 SABR AESA fire control radar provides 5th Generation air-to-air and air-to-ground radar capability. Northrop Grumman also provides AESA radars for the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II.



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