General Dynamics F-16A/B Block 20 Fighting Falcon

Last revised March 19, 2000


Taiwan is scheduled to receive 150 Block 20 F-16A/Bs. Development of the F-16 jumped from Block 15 to Block 25 when the F-16C/D first appeared, and the term Block 20 was created retroactively.

These planes are built to essentially the same standards as the European Block 15 MLU planes, and it is possible that Lockheed Fort Worth may eventually refer to all MLU aircraft as Block 20. Although Taiwanese F-16s will have the AN/APG-66(V)2 radar, they will have a different IFF system. Taiwan selected the Raytheon AN/ALQ-183 electronic countermeasures pod rather than the Westinghouse AN/ALQ-131.

Serial Numbers of Block 20 F-16A/B

93-702/821		Lockheed F-16A Block 20 Fighting Falcon
				c/n TA-1/120 
				To Taiwan as 6601/6720
93-822/851		Lockheed F-16B Block 20 Fighting Falcon
				c/n TB-1/30 
				To Taiwan as 6801/6830

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