New F-16V with AESA radar showcased at Singapore Airshow

SINGAPORE. Lockheed Martin and U.S. Air Force officials showcased a new F-16 variant at the Singapore Airshow – the F-16V, which has an upgraded mission computer and open architecture design, a new active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, and other cockpit enhancements.

The configuration is an option for new production jets and upgrade elements are available for retrofit to most earlier-model F-16s. The ā€œVā€ designation is for Viper, which fighter pilots have called the from its beginnings.

Aeronautics officials say the F-16V provide users with better interoperability with 5th generation fighters such as the F-35 Joint Stroke Fighter (JSF) and F-22 Raptor.

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