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The F-16V Block 70/72 Viper for the Philippine Air Force? – Part One

A Computer Generated Image (CGI) of an F-16V Viper with Indonesian Air Force markings. Photo courtesy of the official Lockheed Martin website.

In November 2019, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) revealed to the defense publication Jane’s that the F-16 Fighting Falcon is one of the aircraft they are considering for their Multi-Role Fighter (MRF) program, along with the Su-30 Flanker, JAS-39 Gripen and Eurofighter Typhoon.1

A month later Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the selection had been narrowed down to only two aircraft, the Gripen and F-16V Block 70/72 Viper.2 The F-16V is the same version that Lockheed Martin (LM) showed as a Scale Model with PAF markings during the 2018 Asian Defense and Security (ADAS) event in the Philippines.3
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The F-16V Block 70/72 Viper for the Philippine Air Force? – Part Two

A Computer Generated Image (CGI) of an F-16V Viper. Photo courtesy of the official Lockheed Martin website.

This is the second and last of two blogs I made about the F-16V Block 70/72 Viper aircraft for the Philippine Air Force (PAF), you can access the first one here: The F-16V Block 70/72 Viper for the Philippine Air Force? – Part One

’Operating Costs’
No data is available yet for the Operating Costs or Cost Per Flight Hour (CPFH) of the F-16V, but some data are available for its older version, the F-16C. Calculating CPFH though is a bit tricky since there is no standard way of doing it, so instead of citing just one figure I am just going to give a range of figures if enough data is available.
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The F-16A Netz versus the SU-30MKK Flanker-G

An F-16A Netz. Photo courtesy of Andreas Zeitler thru Airliners.net
An F-16A Netz. Photo courtesy of Andreas Zeitler thru Airliners.net

There are rumors are that the Philippine Air Force (PAF) may be considering the F-16A Netz from Israel for possible acquisition, hence I thought it would be a good idea to try to see how it will fare against the main threat (for now) it will be facing it if does get chosen, which is China’s SU-30MKK Flanker-G.

‘Aircraft Backgrounds’
The SU-30 is an improved version of the SU-27 Flanker made by the Russian Federation’s “Sukhoi Company” and first entered service with the Russian Air Force in 1996. It is described as a heavy, long-range, all-weather strike fighter and around 400+ aircrafts have been built so far in service with 9 countries around the world. The SU-30MKK is the special export version to China of the SU-30 which went into Chinese Air Force service in 2000.
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The F-16A Netz versus the Kfir Block 60

An F-16A Netz. Photo courtesy of merlin824 thru Flickr
An F-16A Netz. Photo courtesy of merlin824 thru Flickr

Rumors are circling around that the Philippine Air Force (PAF) is considering either the Kfir Block 60 or the F-16A Netz from Israel for possible acquisition. Right off the bat I felt that the F-16A would automatically be the better fighter aircraft, but it would be good to have some sort of data to support this, hence I will try to do it with this blog.

‘Aircraft Backgrounds’
The Kfir is based on the Mirage III/5 delta-winged aircraft whose blueprints were stolen by the Mossad (as is now detailed in various spy books and articles1), and is described as an all-weather, Multi-Role Fighter (MRF) aircraft. It first entered service in 1975 and saw extensive combat duty with the Israeli Air Force (IAF) before finally being retired by the IAF in 1996. A total of 220 Kfirs were built, and currently the air forces of Colombia, Equador and Sri Lanka are still operating the aircraft. All Kfirs being sold now are taken from the mothballed stocks of the IAF, but are refurbished and upgraded with advanced avionics plus a 40-year manufacturer’s guarantee. The latest version in the market is the “Block 60” equipped with an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, the EL/M-2052.2
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The F-16C Block 50/52+ Viper versus the SU-30MKK/MK2 Flanker-G

A Hellenic Air Force F-16C Block 50/52+. Photo courtesy of Chris Lofting thru Airliners.net
A Hellenic Air Force F-16C Block 50/52+. Photo courtesy of Chris Lofting thru Airliners.net

I’ve noted on my blog “The FA-50 Golden Eagle versus the SU-30MKK/MK2 Flanker-G” the apparent shortcoming of the FA-50 Golden Eagle in Beyond Visual Range (BVR) combat against China’s current premiere fighter aircraft, the SU-30MKK/MK2 Flanker-G. So the question is, what kind of aircraft would be needed to match up individually against the Flanker-G? The F-16C has always been on the radar of the Philippine Air Force (PhAF) to be its main combat aircraft, and plans were in fact under way to acquire second-hand models of it from the United States before being eventually abandoned due to the projected high costs of maintenance of the used aircrafts.[1] Despite this, let’s take a curious look at how the F-16C Block 50/52+ would fare against the Flanker-G.

‘Aircraft Backgrounds’
The F-16 was made by the American company “General Dynamics”, and first entered service with the United States Air Force (USAF) in 1978. It is described as an all-weather Multi Role Fighter (MRF) and one of the most successful modern aircraft designs as eventually over 4,500 were built and went into service into more than 26 countries worldwide.
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How Does the FA-50 Golden Eagle Compare to the F-16C Block 52+ Viper?

Revised June 2, 2016. See bottom of the page for the complete revision history

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An FA-50 Golden Eagle in flight. Photo courtesy of Korea Aerospace Industries thru Flickr.
An FA-50 Golden Eagle in flight. Photo courtesy of Korea Aerospace Industries thru Flickr.

The Department of National Defense (DND) has indicated the intention to buy the FA-50 Golden Eagle (or Geagle),[1] but some individuals in the Philippine defense sector has expressed doubts about its capability as a combat aircraft.[2] Hence out of curiousity I wanted to compare it to a more popular combat aircraft like the F-16, for example, from which it was actually based from.

‘Aircraft Backgrounds’
The F-16 was made by the American company “General Dynamics”, and first entered service with the United States Air Force (USAF) in 1978. It is described as an all-weather Multi Role Fighter (MRF) and one of the most successful modern aircraft designs as eventually over 4,500 were built and went into service into more than 26 countries worldwide.
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Comparing the Viper Block 50/52+ versus the Gripen E – July 2013 Part Three

‘IRST’
One advantage the Gripen NG has over the Viper Block 50/52+ is that it has an Infra Red Search and Track (IRST) system. An IRST has become common in fighter aircraft the last couple of decades because they offer the advantage of PASSIVE detection and tracking of enemy aircraft. Unlike radar, and IRST system does not send out signals that can be detected by its enemy, hence enhancing its stealth capabilities.

It is not a perfect system, though, as certain atmospheric conditions can hinder its effectiveness, but when it does work, an aircraft could effectively sneak up on its opponents without being detected and fire its missiles.[1] Aircrafts use it mainly as a COMPLEMENT to their radar system, using it only when the weather opportunity allows it so.

Only very few versions of the F-16 has an IRST sensor, and the United States Air Force (USAF) seems to have no plans of installing one on their F-16s, preferring to install these instead on their F-15 and F-18 aircrafts. On the other hand, IRSTs have been standard equipment on almost all modern European and Russian fighter aircrafts.
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