General Dynamics F-16XFighting Falcon

Last revised March 31, 2000


Lockheed has proposed an improved version of the F-16, the F-16X, as the USAF's next multirole fighter. It would have a new wing based on that of the F-22 and no horizontal tail. It would have twice the range of the F/A-18E/F at two thirds the cost.

Interim improvements leading up to the F-16X could be introduced on F-16C/D Block 50 Plus aircraft, incorporating color cockpit displays, a terrain-referenced navigation system, synthetic aperture radar, and a passive missile warning system. Later Block 60 aircraft would have an internal LANTIRN system, APU and increased internal fuel in the dorsal spine.

The production of the F-16X would begin about 2010 if the program ever gets the go-ahead.

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