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Block 60 F-16s For The U.S.?

Sun Mar 16, 2003 10:56 am

I was at Luke Air Force Bases open house today and got the chance to talk to quite a few F-16 pilots. We were talking about the different "Block" aircraft and I asked if they were ever going to get "Block 60" aircraft. The pilot said that it looked like the U.S.A.F. was letting the other countries foot the bill for its development, and when it was in production, they would purchase it. Does anyone have any information on this?
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RE: Block 60 F-16s For The U.S.?

Sun Mar 16, 2003 1:24 pm

Pardon my ignorance, but what exactly do these "block numbers" mean? I see them periodically, in increments of 5 and/or 10. Can someone enlighten me please? Regards.
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RE: Block 60 F-16s For The U.S.?

Sun Mar 16, 2003 3:59 pm

Block 60 is already in production and the US hasn't ordered it.

Block numbers are production updates that don't warrant a new version number.

Just like Britain has the Tornado GR.1, 1a and 1b. In the US that would be Tornado A block 10, 15 and 20.
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RE: Block 60 F-16s For The U.S.?

Sun Mar 16, 2003 11:17 pm

F-16A/B - Block 5-20 (all PW F100)
F-16C/D - Block 25(PW F100), 30/32, 40/42 (F-16CG/DG), 50/52, 50D/52D (F-16CJ/DJ), 60/62
X0=GE F110 engine, X2=PW F100 engine (on C/D that is).

Block 60 features, among other improvements, conformal fuel tanks, an internal targetting system, and improved avionics.

Block 50 has 29000lb engines, and improved radar, the ability to fire a wider variety of weapons (including the AIM-120), among others.

Block 50D are SEAD aircraft, taking over in the "wild weasel" role from the F-4's. Most 50's have been upgraded to 50D.

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