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Dopo la pubblicazione del report sull'incidente in Adriatico di gennaio, dell'aereo di base ad Aviano il cui piolota avrebbe sofferto di disorientamento spaziotemporale, è stato reso pubblico anche il report su un altro recente incidente di un F-16D avvenuto a giugno 2013 in Arizona, questa volta dovuto a una errata scelta del pilota per contrastare comunque un un evento drammatico, come l'impatto con uno stormo di uccelli in decollo. Riposto da una fonte non di prima mano ma credo comunque affidabile come il sito F-16.net: http://www.f-16.net/news_article4800.html

 

 

The investigation into the June 26, F-16 mishap at Luke Air Force Base, determined the mishap was due to the pilot’s decision-making error after the aircraft suffered low-altitude bird strikes following takeoff.

 

 

Per fortuna in questo caso entrambi i membri dell'equipaggio del D si sono eiettati senza rimetterci la pelle.

Edited by Scagnetti

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A proposito di incidenti.. a me questo fà un pò ridere. La notizia è di oggi.

 

 

An F-16 damaged the control tower of the military training area Vliehors on Vlieland with its mounted gun.The accident occurred Monday afternoon when the fighter fired on a ground target, but hit the tower instead. There was only property damage. The Air Force is investigating what took place.

The Vliehors is the only training area in the Netherlands where pilots of the Air Force and NATO partners may practice, using ammunition and explosive charges.

Few people live in the area and it has a relatively free airspace.

 

 

Ma intanto si esercitano in notturna:

 

Hill F-16 units to conduct night flying through Nov. 21

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F-16 portoghesi per la Romania .... dettagli ....

 

Romanian F-16 acquisition plan detailed ....

 

Romania is looking to advance its proposed acquisition of 12 surplus Lockheed Martin F-16s from the Portuguese air force, with permission being sought via the US government.

The possible deal for the Block 15 fighters has a total estimated cost of $457 million, with this also including “weapons, equipment and support”, says the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) in a notification to Congress.

 

Fonte .... http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/romanian-f-16-acquisition-plan-detailed-392784/

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Aggiornamenti in vista per gli F-16 del Bahrain ....

 

Bahrain to launch F-16 upgrade in 2014 ....

Bahrain is to launch a major upgrade for its Lockheed Martin F-16 combat aircraft during 2014, as a decision is also expected on acquiring a new-generation type to bolster its capabilities.
Initial plans for the modernisation have already been agreed with Lockheed, and a contract signature is anticipated in June or July 2014, says Col Salah Al-Mansoor from the Royal Bahraini Air Force’s planning headquarters.

 

Fonte .... http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/bahrain-to-launch-f-16-upgrade-in-2014-392887/

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Aggiornamenti agli F-16 sud coreani .... il Pentagono autorizza la fase uno .... sli3gj.jpg

 

"Pentagon clears BAE to create upgrade for Korean F-16s" .... http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/pentagon-clears-bae-to-create-upgrade-for-korean-f-16s-393495/

 

Era una decisione attesa da tempo .... "BAE eyes green light for S. Korea's F-16 upgrade by year-end" .... http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2013/10/29/37/0200000000AEN20131029004900315F.html

 

 

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Aviano .... decollo all'alba ....

 

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A F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off at dawn during a close air support training exercise at Aviano AB, Italy, on Dec. 17, 2013.

During the exercise, Aviano pilots flew as low as 1,000 feet, communicating with joint terminal attack controllers on the ground who call in simulated air strikes.
(Air Force photo by SrA. Briana Jones)

 

Fonte .... il "Daily Report" dell'AFA .... 2mpl6b5.jpg

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Al via l'aggiornamento dei KF-16 ....

 

BAE Systems is to begin modernising the Republic of Korea Air Force's (RoKAF's) fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Block 52 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft, after the South Korean and United States governments finalised the terms of the upgrade, the company announced on 23 December.

 

Fonte .... http://www.janes.com/article/31946/bae-systems-cleared-to-begin-kf-16-upgrades-for-south-korea

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Nella tempesta di neve .... fiocchi che somigliano a traccianti ....

 

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An Air Force maintenance team works on an F-16 aircraft during a snow storm on Bagram Airfield in Parwan province, Afghanistan, Dec. 29, 2013.

(Air Force photo by Capt. Brian Wagner)

 

Fonte .... il "Daily Report" dell'AFA .... 2mpl6b5.jpg

 

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Altri aggiornamenti di F-16 in vista .... questa volta tocca a Singapore ....

 

US outlines $2.4 billion Singapore F-16 upgrade ....

 

The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency has issued details about Singapore’s long-awaited upgrade programme for 60 Lockheed Martin F-16 C/D Block 52 fighters.

The proposed package is worth $2.4 billion and includes 70 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars, an avionics upgrade, and a small number of guided weapons for testing and integration purposes, says the DSCA.
If the deal goes forward, it will be conducted under the US government’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) mechanism.

 

Fonte .... http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/us-outlines-2.4-billion-singapore-f-16-upgrade-394854/

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Nasce il Block-61: United Arab Emirates – Equipment in Support of a Direct Commercial Sale of F-16 Block 61 Aircraft

 

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has requested a possible sale of equipment in support of its commercial purchase of 30 F-16 Block 61 aircraft and to support the upgrade of its existing F-16 Block 60 aircraft. Major Defense Equipment includes: 40 20mm M61A Guns; and 40 Embedded GPS Inertial Navigation Systems. Also included: Identification Friend or Foe Equipment; Joint Mission Planning System; night vision devices; Cartridge Activated Device/Propellant Activated Devices; Weapons Integration; spare and repair parts; tools and test equipment; personnel training and training equipment; publications and technical documentation; International Engine Management Program - Component Improvement Program; repair and return; aerial refueling support; ferry maintenance and services; site surveys; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and l ogistics support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support.

 

The estimated cost is $270 million

 

 

Credo che l'acquisto di questi 30 nuovi aerei corrisponde a quello di presunti 25 di cui si parlava ad Aprile, ad esempio, qui Quindi in totale, considerati gli 80 dei primi lotti, arriverebbero a 110 (non 135) Block-61.

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Block 61 .... chi ha detto Block 61? .... :woot:

 

UAE raises possible deal for "Block 61" F-16 ....

 

A routine disclosure by the US Department of Defense reveals the UAE has increased the size and scope of a potential Lockheed Martin F-16 order, which now includes a mysterious “Block 61” designation.

 

Fonte .... http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/uae-raises-possible-deal-for-quotblock-61quot-f-16-395235/

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Ne ha fatta di strada il Falcon.

 

Bé .... in quarant'anni se ne fa di strada .... specie dopo quel tumultuoso balzo .... avvenuto, per caso, il 20 Gennaio 1974 .... :compleanno:

 

 

"What A Wonderful Airplane: YF-16 First Flight (Flight 0)" .... http://www.codeonemagazine.com/article.html?item_id=44

 

"The Outrageous Adolescence of the F-16 - The Viper was small, fast, and in your face" .... http://www.airspacemag.com/military-aviation/The-Outrageous-Adolescence-of-the-F-16-241533731.html?c=y&page=1

 

Ora il "nostro" non somiglia più all'agile dogfighter di un tempo ....

 

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.... nelle ultime versioni è ingrassato, ha messo su la "gobba" .... per non parlare delle "tette" .... :whistling:

 

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E' stato un progetto che ha avuto un margine di sviluppo che ha dell'incredibile: merito della cellula, ben progettata e in grado di essere "ingrassata" e di poter sempre scegliere tra ottimi motori a disposizione in concorrenza tra loro

Al contrario il suo "concorrente" F-18 è stato ricostruito ad hoc per le versioni E/F/G

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Senza dimenticarci però dell’Agile Falcon degli anni ottanta.
Già a quei tempi era chiaro che la cellula si stava appesantendo troppo per garantire le eccezionali doti di manovra dell’iniziale F-16A e si pensò ad una sezione di fusoliera centrale rinnovata e associata a un’ala molto più grande, concependo il tutto anche come retrofit (in verità piuttosto invasivo).
Un erede di quel concetto è il giapponese F-2, mentre per l’F-16 non se ne fece nulla, preferendo compensare il peso aggiuntivo solo con motori sempre più potenti.

Questo va bene, ma entro certe condizioni e infatti un approccio analogo era impraticabile sull’F-18, che essendo imbarcato non poteva assolutamente aumentare a dismisura il proprio peso, pena inaccettabili velocità di appontaggio e bring back ridicoli, problemi che l'F-16 non doveva certo affrontare.
La cancellazione di A-6F e A-12 fece il resto per spianare la strada a qualcosa di decisamente più grande e sofisticato, come risultò essere l’F-18E.

Senza seguire questa strada e limitandosi a irrobustire la cellula, gli ultimi F-16 hanno un carico alare che può diventare veramente troppo alto con certi “optional” e quelli israeliani e degli Emirati perdono tutta l’agilità tipica di un caccia per proporsi essenzialmente come bombardieri.

La pur diversa evoluzione di questi due vecchi rivali rappresenta probabilmente la sconfitta più cocente della fighter mafia, della quale hanno incarnato l’eclatante successo iniziale.

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F-16 "Agile Falcon" .... un'immagine ....

 

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Impression of a proposed version, the Agile Falcon.

This larger version of the F-16 never got into production.

Features of this variant were integrated into the block 40 aircraft.

The Japanese took over the concept for their F-2.

This is slighty larger, with 4 underwing hardpoints, just like the proposed Agile Falcon.

[GD impression] ....

 

In 1984, General Dynamics proposed the Agile Falcon as a counter to new Soviet fighters such as the MiG-29 and the Su-27.

It was designed to make use of some of the already-planned improvements to the Fighting Falcon known as MSIP IV.

In addition, it had a 25-percent larger wing and was powered by an improved General Electric F110-GE-129 or Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 engine.

Very little interest was attracted at that time.

Not giving up easily, General Dynamics proposed the Agile Falcon as a low-cost alternative to the F-22 Advanced Tactical Fighter.

It is intended for the US and the four original NATO members, General Dynamics arguing that the new European fighters such as the Dassault Rafale and the SAAB Gripen lacked the performance and avionics to dominate the MiG-29/Su-27 threat.

In October of 1987, the USAF announced that they might develop the Agile Falcon on its own even if the European partners backed out of the program.

However, in the current military drawdown, the Agile Falcon program remains in limbo, and is unlikely to proceed any further.

 

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Tuttora sconosciute le differenze fra Block 60 e Block 61 ....

 

There's been no explanation of the equipment or capabilities that distinguish a Block 61 jet from the Block 60 model.

Lockheed Martin referred questions to the US and UAE governments.

 

Fonte .... http://www.airforcemag.com/DRArchive/Pages/2014/January%202014/January%2028%202014/Pending-Sale-of-F-16-Equipment-to-UAE-Announced.aspx

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Intanto in USA non ci sono fondi per l’aggiornamento avionico di 300 F-16, precedentemente previsto come conseguenza dei ritardi del programma F-35: F-16 Upgrade Dropped From US Budget Proposal

 

A major F-16 upgrade program is likely to be left out of the president’s fiscal 2015 budget request, according to multiple sources.

The Combat Avionics Programmed Extension Suite (CAPES) is a US Air Force program to replace the avionics and radars for 300 US F-16s. It would also upgrade 146 Taiwanese F-16A/B fighters purchased in the 1990s.

Sources said the US Air Force has decided not to fund the CAPES program, instead reinvesting some of that money toward a general F-16 service-life extension program (SLEP) while putting the rest toward modernization efforts for other platforms.

 

....By moving money toward the SLEP, the Air Force would provide some cover against the F-35 joint strike fighter slipping past its December 2016 initial operating capability date.

“There is a real force structure problem looming. So something has to be done to keep the F-16, or at least part of the F-16 fleet, effective,” said Richard Aboulafia, vice president of analysis with the Virginia-based Teal Group.

The Air Force appears to be planning “the bare minimum, rather than something that would offer more capability,” he added. “That helps solve the force structure problem, but of course it doesn’t do anything for combat effectiveness.”

 

Mi sembra di ricordare che contestualmente era previsto anche un analogo aggiornamento per un certo numero di F-15C, che dovevano diventare "Gold". Non si menzionano nel testo di Defense News, cmq ci sono implicazioni anche per gli F-16 di Taiwan:

 

While losing out on CAPES would be a blow to the Pentagon’s fleet of F-16s, it would have much greater impact on Taiwan.

In 2011, the US Air Force awarded Taiwan a $5.3 billion upgrade program for its remaining fleet of 146 F-16A/B fighters. Taiwan’s program would be directly based on the CAPES program, with USAF making all of the source selections.

 

Edited by Scagnetti

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Niente AESA per gli F-16 USAF ....

 

Killing F-16 CAPES ....

 

The Air Force was forced to make many “tough choices” as it put together its Fiscal 2015 budget request, including the termination of the F-16 Combat Avionics Programmed Extension Suite, or CAPES, program, said Maj. Gen. Jim Martin, USAF deputy assistant secretary for budget, on Tuesday.

Under the CAPES program, F-16s were to be upgraded with new AESA radar and a new cockpit display, along with data link enhancements and an improved defensive suite in an effort to keep the aging fighters viable until the F-35 strike fighter comes online.

“[Termination of] that program did save us money over the [Future Years Defense Program], but let me be very clear that we still invested money in our legacy aircraft to keep them viable,” said Martin during an AFA-sponsored, Air Force breakfast event in Arlington, Va.

“We did provide some upgrades and modifications for our F-15s, for example, so we did our best in the legacy aircraft to keep those platforms capable.”

The Air Force’s Fiscal 2015 budget requests $240.947 million for the APG-82(V) radar modernization program for F-15E Strike Eagles, up significantly from the $182.927 million for the program in Fiscal 2013.

In addition, USAF will continue to fund the APG-63(V)3 radar upgrade for its F-15C/D Eagles, according to budget documents.

(For a full list of Fiscal 2015 budget documents, click here.)

 

Amy McCullough - 3/12/2014

 

Fonte .... il "Daily Report" dell'AFA .... 2mpl6b5.jpg

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Insomma in tempi di crisi, priorita' agli agli AESA sull' F-15.. cioe' sull'high, la linea pesante che dato il numero di Raptor continua ad essere la spina dorsale dell'USAF.

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Veramente, come ho scritto un paio di messaggi sopra, non si sa se gli F-15C a questo punto "andranno gold" o meno.

Mentre è recentissima la notizia che 51 F-15C dovrebbero essere segati, assieme ad altre cosucce come un quarto della flotta di E-3, come segnalato da Pinto.

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Ma alla fine della fiera questo fantastico aereo quando terminerà la sua lunga e gloriosa carriera? Ci saranno nuovi aggiornamenti visto che oggi continua ad essere ordinato e prodotto in molti esemplari? Qual è il suo vero e naturale successore?

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Se ti riferisci all'F-15:

 

Beh il suo vero successore e' il Raptor, naturale prosecuzione del concetto di superiorita' aerea tramutatosi nel concetto di dominanza aerea.. tuttavia, il numero di Raptor e' esiguo. Salvo complicazioni, gli ultimi F-15 ad essere tolti dal servizio saranno gli F-15E Strike Eagle per l'US Air Force nel 2030 circa. Mentre le versioni tutt'oggi prodotte (F-15K, ed SA) recano ulteriori miglioramenti all'avionica e ai sitemi di controllo. Quindi, si suppone che saranno radiati non prima del 2040/2050 se le condizioni lo consentono. Inutile negare che comunque le aviazioni che impiegano l'F-15 si stanno muovendo anche verso l'F-35 (tipo la Korea) per mantenere comunque uno standard elevato e tecnologicamente all'avanguardia. Insomma. Alla fine l'F-15 sara' sostituito proprio dall'F-35..

 

Stesso dicasi per gli F-16. Esso ha subito molti aggiornamenti, appesantimenti ecc. La sua naturale prosecuzione e' da trovare nell'F-35, che pur non avendo le stesse doti cinetiche di un F-16 block30 e' destinato a strovolgere il concetto di battaglia aerea grazie ad una diversa filosofia di impiego, votata molto al concetto di situation awarness

Edited by fabio-22raptor

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