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F-16 FIGHTER AIRCRAFT

15th September, 2022 Security

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  • India has raised concern over the United States (US) approval of a $450-million package for Pakistan’s F-16 fighter fleet.
  • The Union Defense Minister highlighted the issue during a telephonic conversation with the U.S. Secretary of Defense.
    • This is the first official response from India on this issue.

F-16  AIRCRAFT       

  • The F-16 Fighting Aircraft is a single-engine multi-role fighter aircraft developed by General Dynamics for the United States Air Force (USAF).
    • Designed as an all-weather multirole aircraft.
    • Aircraft production was approved in 1976.
    • Now no longer being purchased by the U.S. Air Force.
    • It’s mproved versions are being built for export.
  • The Key features include;
    • A frameless bubble canopy for good visibility.
    • A side-mounted control sticks to ease control while maneuvering.
    • An ejection seat reclined 30 degrees from vertical to reduce the effect of g-forces on the pilot.
    • Relaxed static stability/fly-by-wire flight control system that helps to make it an agile aircraft.
    • It has an internal M61 Vulcan cannon and 11 locations for mounting weapons and other mission equipment.

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