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Vytautas

Junior Member

I would like to know what are those attachments on the upper side of the hull.They arent on a normal f16 if im not mistaken
 

Totoro

Captain
VIP Professional
That looks like F16 sold to UAE


from wikipedia:

F-16 E/F
Block 60
Based on the F-16C/D, it features conformal fuel tanks and improved radar and avionics; it has only been sold to the United Arab Emirates. The General Electric F110-132 is a development of the -129 model and is rated at 32,500 lbf (144 kN). A major difference from previous Blocks is the Northrop Grumman APG-80 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar. Block 60 allows the carriage of all Block 50/52 aircraft-compatible weaponry as well as ASRAAM and the AGM-84E Standoff Land Attack Missile (SLAM). The CFTs provide an additional 450 US gallons (2,045 litres) of fuel allowing increased range or time on station. This has the added benefit of freeing up hardpoints for weapons, i.e. hardpoints that would have been occupied by underwing fuel tanks.

UAE f16 arent the only ones with conformal fuel tanks. C/D block 50/52 plus have them too, plus F16I, sold to Isreal.
 

Totoro

Captain
VIP Professional
ger_mark said:
eurofighter with additional tanks
Thanks, i was wondering what that'd look like since i read about 'em. I must say, easthetically, they're kinda inferior to f16s tanks. Sure, both aircraft are made more ugly with them, but somehow EF more so. Ultimately, it doesn't matter, they make the planes more effective, that's what matters. :)
 

SABRE

Junior Member
The 1st seems more like Israeli Sofa F-16 Block 52+ C than UAE's Block 60 but both have almost similar looks. Israeli F-16s have a long spine on the top of the F-16 & the pic above has it. I dnt knw wheather Block 60 has the same spine or not.
 

SABRE

Junior Member
BrotherofSnake said:
Those things protruding out the sides of the F-16's are additional fuel tanks.
We know thats what every one has been trying to discuss. But no one is replying to this poor guy :D even though he knows what they are.

On the other hand I was talking abt the spine starting from the end of cocpit to the tail. I come to knw of its reason but have forgotten. If any one remembers or knws pleae inform me again.
 

Totoro

Captain
VIP Professional
Okay, I change my guess and agree with sabre, the plane in the pic is israeli F16I. I didn't think they had such a colour scheme on their planes but they do. I don't know if UAE planes have the enlarged dorsal spine but this one does, and it's used for storing additional avionics equipment. It's additional 850 liters of volume, over a regular f16. They chose to put extra stuff there cause it'd cause least additional drag.
 

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