General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon operators
|General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon operators|
The United States Air Force (USAF), four of its NATO partners, and Pakistan, a major non-NATO ally, are the primary operators of General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon. With the evolution of sales under Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contracts, many other air forces have also acquired F-16s. Most nations that have bought F-16s continue to use them as of 2010.
The F-16 is still in demand today, and many air forces are looking to replace aging inventories with F-16s. Because the USAF has steadily upgraded its F-16 inventory, it will sometimes sell older aircraft it considers obsolete as surplus Excess Defense Articles (EDAs) or as "knockdown" aircraft to supplement spares inventories.
- 1 United States operators
- 2 Original NATO partners
- 3 Europe
- 4 Middle East
- 5 Africa
- 6 Asia
- 7 Latin America
- 8 Future and potential operators
- 9 Cancelled orders and failed bids
- 10 Summaries of F-16 deliveries
- 11 References
- 12 External links
United States operators
United States Air Force
The USAF operates 1,245 F-16s with 701 with active forces, 490 with Air National Guard and 54 with Reserve. These are broken down to 1 F-16A Block 15, 197 F-16C/D Block 25, 350 F-16C/D Block 30, 51 F-16C/D Block 32, 222 F-16C/D Block 40, 174 F-16C/D Block 42, 198 F-16C/D Block 50, 52 F-16C/D Block 52.
Air Combat Command
Air Combat Command (ACC) is the descendant of the merger of the Tactical Air Command (TAC) and Strategic Air Command (SAC). ACC is the primary combat aircraft operator of the United States Air Force. Originally, all new F-16s would be delivered to TAC or ACC and then transferred to other commands, but now aircraft are often delivered directly to the other commands.
- 20th Fighter Wing - Shaw AFB, South Carolina
- 53d Wing - Eglin AFB, Florida
- 57th Wing - Nellis AFB, Nevada
- 388th Fighter Wing - Hill AFB, Utah
Air Education and Training Command
The Air Education and Training Command (AETC) provides for most of the US Air Force's F-16 training facilities and operations. The command also provides for training of foreign air forces operating the F-16, with two squadrons providing training for Singapore and Taiwan.
- 56th Fighter Wing - Luke AFB, Arizona
The descendant of the merger of the Air Force Systems Command (AFSC) and the Air Force Logistics Command (AFLC), Air Force Materiel Command is responsible for providing, testing, and maintaining US Air Force equipment. As such, it plays a large part in the F-16 program, both in testing the aircraft and its weapon systems. It utilizes the F-16 for numerous tests for weapons equipping many US Air Force aircraft. Additionally, it operates overhaul programs to maintain the F-16 fleet of not only the US Air Force, but several foreign air forces as well.
Air Force Reserve Command
The delivery of the F-16 to the Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) marked the first aircraft type to be delivered new, changing the long policy of merely passing older airframes on from the active forces to the Air Force Reserve. AFRC currently operates Block 25, 30, and 32 aircraft.
- 301st Fighter Wing - NAS JRB Fort Worth, Texas
- 419th Fighter Wing - Hill AFB, Utah
- 482d Fighter Wing - Homestead JARB, Florida
- 944th Fighter Wing - Luke AFB, Arizona
Air National Guard
As with the Air Force Reserve, the F-16 marked the transition of the Air National Guard (ANG) to a viable fighting force complementary to active-duty units, as opposed to the second-line force of out-of-date aircraft it had been. The F-16 remains a key part of the ANG force structure.
Pacific Air Forces
Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) was an early recipient of the F-16 and PACAF operates the latest models of the F-16 today.
- 8th Fighter Wing - Kunsan AB, South Korea
- 35th Fighter Wing - Misawa AB, Japan
- 51st Fighter Wing - Osan AB, South Korea
- 354th Fighter Wing - Eielson AFB, Alaska
US Air Forces in Europe
Once PACAF began receiving its F-16, US Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) became a recipient of the F-16. USAFE F-16s have been common participants in most recent US military operations in Europe and the Middle East.
- 31st Fighter Wing - Aviano AB, Italy
- 52d Fighter Wing - Spangdahlem AB, Germany
While the United States Navy chose the competing McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet for development as a carrier-based strike fighter, the service still had a need for an aggressor aircraft to supplement the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk and Northrop F-5E Tiger II aircraft posing as enemy fighters to help train Navy pilots in dissimilar air combat training (DACT). The lightweight F-16 was ideal for the job, and the F-16N version was specifically developed for the task. With removal of the internal cannon (compensated by ballast), the F-16N and two-seat TF-16N served for a number of years before retirement. The F-16 was reintroduced to the aggressor role for the US Navy with the acquisition of some of the Pakistani F-16A/B-15OCU aircraft embargoed before delivery to that country and they remain in use today at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC) at NAS Fallon, Nevada. The US Navy operates 40 F-16s.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Not a military force, NASA plays a vital role in research and development of aerospace technology. Its fleet contains two exotic F-16 models (bailed from USAF), the F-16XL and F-16A AFTI, both involved in researching advanced technologies for application to not only the F-16, but other aircraft as well. Additionally, a number of standard F-16s have been operated by NASA as chase aircraft and engine testbeds.
Original NATO partners
Once selected by the United States, it was further decided to form a partnership between the United States Air Force, then beginning development of the plane for service, and nations of the NATO alliance who had a similar need for a lightweight fighter. Four such nations chose to join the development effort, and became part as well of the production and sub-contracting work to build the Fighting Falcon. The four European partners, collectively known as the European Participating Governments (EPG), are Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Norway; their air forces are likewise referred to as the European Participating Air Forces (EPAF).
Belgium was the largest initial buyer of the F-16 of the four original NATO partners, and also was a primary producer of the aircraft as part of the partnership. Belgium's initial order brought delivery of 116 F-16A/B aircraft in blocks 1, 5, 10, and 15, beginning in 1979, and was completed in 1985. A follow-on order for 44 F-16A/B-15OCU aircraft was completed in 1991.
Denmark was the smallest member of the NATO partnership, with the Royal Danish Air Force accepting 58 F-16A/B aircraft under Denmark's initial order.[when?] A small follow-on order brought a further twelve aircraft to Denmark, and two further attrition replacement orders have been placed, totalling seventy planes between them.
The Netherlands, like Belgium, made substantial orders for the F-16, and built aircraft at the Fokker plant. Deliveries started in 1979 and ended in 1992. A total of 102 aircraft were initially ordered, but these were followed by substantial follow-on orders for a total of 111 additional aircraft. 52 of these were F-16A/B-15OCU aircraft. These orders brought total Dutch F-16A/B deliveries to 213. 108 of them received the Mid-Life-Update (MLU).
Norway joined the original NATO-USAF partnership to replace its ageing Lockheed F-104 Starfighter squadrons. In 1975, Norway placed an order for 72 F-16A/B aircraft, delivered between 1980 and 1984. Unlike the other partners, there have been no follow-up orders, except for a single order in 1989 for two F-16B-15OCU aircraft as replacements for crashed aircraft. All the aircraft have received the Mid-Life-Update (MLU), and they received the new, helmet-mounted sighting system.
After protracted negotiations the Hellenic Air Force ordered the F-16 in 1985. FMS program PEACE XENIA was begun with delivery of 40 F-16C/D Block 30 aircraft in 1989 and 1990. This was followed by an order for 40 F-16C/D Block 50 fighters, delivered in 1997 and 1998. In June 2000 a further order for 50 F-16C/D Block 52+ aircraft was made with an option of 10 more fighters, exercised in September 2001. All 60 aircraft (40 C-model aircraft and 20 missionized D-model) were delivered by June 2004. In December 2005 the Greek government signed an LOA for the delivery of 30 additional F-16C/D Block 52M with an option on 10 more. The first batch consists of 20 C-models and 10 D-models, while first deliveries are due in 2009.
330 Squadron Thunderbolt F-16C/D Block 30
335 Squadron Tiger F-16C/D Block 52+ Advanced
337 Squadron Ghost F-16C/D Block 52+
340 Squadron Fox F-16C/D Block 52+
341 Squadron Arrow F-16C/D Block 50
343 Squadron Star F-16C/D Block 52+
347 Squadron Perseus F-16C/D Block 50
Italy has decided on the Eurofighter Typhoon as its next generation of air-defense fighter, however this aircraft faced delivery delays for some time. In the meantime, 24 Panavia Tornado ADV jets from the United Kingdom were leased to cover the gap. This lease ran out in 2003, without the Typhoon being ready for service. The solution was provided by a five-year lease of 34 F-16 aircraft with an option to extend the lease for another five years. 30 aircraft were F-16A/B-15ADF while the remaining four aircraft were earlier block aircraft for spares. These were all used U.S. Air Force fighters. In June 2010, the Italian Air Force started the return of the F-16s to the United States which was completed on 23 May 2012, when all the Italian F-16 were returned to the USA.
The Italian Foreign Military Sales program was known as PEACE CAESAR.
One of the former members of the Warsaw Pact that was looking to replace an aging fleet of Soviet-built Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 (withdrawn in service in 1999 due to their small numbers and uneconomical operation) and the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 fighters (withdrawn from service in 2003), Poland conducted a competition between the Mirage 2000-5 Mk.2, the JAS 39 Gripen, the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29 (the last offer was withdrawn), and the F-16 Fighting Falcon. Despite a strong challenge by the BAe/SAAB team, Poland purchased 48 F-16C/D-52+ aircraft. The aircraft were delivered from 2006 under the PEACE SKY program, to avoid confusion with the PZL W-3 Sokół (Polish language "Falcon") helicopter, these jet fighters were nicknamed the F-16 Jastrząb (Goshawk) in Polish. Now, the F-16, along with 32 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29 fighters and 48 Sukhoi Su-22 ground attack aircraft are the main offensive strike force for Polish Air Force.
They have also been delays in the offset program, the United States has not made all the promised investments in Poland that were part of the deal. Offset deals in 2011 reached $6 billion out of $6.028 billion planned ($9.8 billion at time when offer was chosen), however only one-third of recognised offsets commitment were direct investments in Polish economy.
According to a former Polish military defence vice-minister, the offer for JAS 39 Gripen was a better deal. F-16s cost $3.5 billion, compared to 3.2 billion euro for Saab's Gripen, and 3.6 billion euro for Dassault offer, at a time when both currencies had a similar value.
The Portuguese Air Force chose the F-16 during the 1980s to replace its aging and obsolescent LTV A-7 Corsair II attack aircraft which were no longer suitable for air-to-air combat and were facing severe logistical problems.
The Portuguese Foreign Military Sales program is known as PEACE ATLANTIS.
- Peace Atlantis I
In August 1990 the government of then-Prime Minister Cavaco Silva signed a Letter Of Acceptance (LoA) which lead to the creation of the Peace Atlantis I program. The funds used for the purchase were made available through the Foreign Military Sales program, partly a payment for the use by the United States of Lajes Air Base in the Azores. Initially the United States proposed to supply Portugal with Block 10 surplus aircraft. However this option rested on a first order of 20 newly built F-16 Block 15 OCU (17 A-models and three B-models) with Pratt & Whitney F100 engines, which made them almost identical to the US Air National Guard's F-16 ADF. Deliveries of this first order began on February 18, 1994, and was completed on July 18 in the same year.
During the War in Kosovo, it was seen that while the Portuguese F-16s were recently obtained, they were no longer up to the same level as most modern fighters used by other NATO countries. In 1999, during the Portuguese participation in the conflict (Operation Allied Force), the three F-16 fighters deployed by Portugal were relegated to escort missions and combat air patrols due to their lack of modern armament and air-to-ground targeting systems.
- Peace Atlantis II
During 1996, during the government of then-Prime Minister António Guterres, new negotiations took place concerning the possible purchase of new of F-16 fighters and the modernization those aircraft. The Pentagon approved of the deal on November 20, 1997, and on November 30, 1998, Portugal signed the Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LoA) for 25 second-hand F - 16 Block 15 (21 A and four B) that had be used by the U.S. Air National Guard. Under the program these would be offered by the United States at zero cost and free of charge as Excess Defense Articles under the Southern Regional Amendment to the Arms Export and Control Act, with Portugal being responsible for their transportation to Europe and for the modernization costs.
Included in the LoA and in the Peace Atlantis II program was also the purchase of new Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220E engines, 20 upgrade kits, logistics support and training.
Initially, the plan consisted in only upgrading the second-hand aircraft of the Peace Atlantis II program and of transferring the F-16s from the Peace Atlantis I to a second squadron with the mission of performing tactical air support actions and tactical air support for maritime operations (TASMO), which wouldn't require the MLU kit.
Of the second-hand F-16s, five of the airframes were used as spare parts, and only the remaining 20 F-16s were intended for upgrade for day & night all-weather operations, by receiving the Falcon UP structural upgrade, the F100-PW-220E engine upgrade and the Mid-Life update (MLU) avionics and cockpit upgrade, to equip the 301 Squadron.
- Current status
The Mid-Life upgrade (MLU) was performed in Portugal by the Air Force's workshops at Monte Real and by OGMA in Alverca. In 2001, employees of the LMTAS modified the first two aircraft in a Lead-the-Fleet program, with Portuguese technicians observing. The first F-16 AM was delivered on June 2003, and the PoAF personnel performed the modification of the remaining 18 aircraft.
Currently the Portuguese F-16 fleet uses the AN/ALQ-131 ECM pods, that had originally been bought for the A-7P Corsair IIs, and the new Rafael LITENING II targeting pods. One aircraft has been preserved for public display and two aircraft have been lost in accidents."F-16 Accidents & Mishaps for the Portuguese Air Force". Retrieved 11 May 2013.
In 2006 the Portuguese government put 12 F-16 for sale. On September 25, 2012, Romania and Portugal started negotiations for the sale of 12 used F-16s from Portugal in a deal worth $600 million. Aircraft are to be delivered to Romania over the next five years. On October 11, 2013, the Romanian National Defense Ministry announced the signing of the contract for the purchase of 12 used F16. After the sale the Portuguese fleet will consist of 30 F-16 planes.
|201 Squadron "Falcões"||F-16 AM
|Air Base No. 5, Monte Real|
|301 Squadron "Jaguares"|
The small country of Bahrain originally ordered the F-16 in 1987, agreeing to buy eight Block 40 F-16Cs and four F-16Ds under the PEACE CROWN program. These aircraft arrived prior to the first Persian Gulf War. After this, with the increasing military presence of the United States, Bahrain sought further enhancement of its air force and the replacement of its F-5 Tiger II fighters. Initial talks centered on the F-16N being withdrawn from service with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, but ultimately, it was decided to purchase ten new Block 40 F-16C aircraft.
Since the historic Camp David accords, Egypt has actively sought to re-equip its military with western weapons. Thus, it has become a large customer for the F-16 Fighting Falcon, which fits well with Egyptian defense needs. No fewer than six separate PEACE VECTOR programs have delivered 42 F-16A/B-15, 40 F-16C/D-32, and 138 F-16C/D-40 fighters to the Egyptian Air Force by 2002. In March 2010 it was announced that Egypt would purchase an additional 20 Block 52 aircraft (16 F-16Cs and 4 F-16Ds). The Egyptian Air Force operated 220 F-16s at that point, making it the world's 4th largest F-16 operator. 4 of the F-16s ordered were delivered on 3 February 2013, raising the number of aircraft delivered to 224. The remaining 16 will be delivered through 2013. Following the 2013 Egyptian Revloution, the Pentagon had said deliveries of the jets would continue. On 24 July 2013 however, President Barack Obama announced the F-16 deliveries would be halted due to continuing political unrest.
The Israeli Air Force (IAF) is the second largest user of the F-16 Fighting Falcon, second only to the U.S. Air Force and its reserve components. The IAF achieved the type's first air-to-air victories when IAF pilots shot down two aircraft, a Mi-8 helicopter and a MiG-21 Fishbed fighter plane, both Syrian, in April and July 1981.
The IAF took delivery of its first F-16s earlier than expected after the cancellation of the sale of F-16s to the Iranian Air Force. The IAF had announced plans to buy 75 F-16s as early as 1978, and deliveries were carried out under American Foreign Military Sales program Peace Marble I. These F-16As and Bs received the nickname Hebrew "Netz" (Hawk). Peace Marble II witnessed the delivery of a further 75 block 30 F-16Cs and F-16Ds to the IAF. Israel's F-16 fleet was further expanded by Peace Marble III, which brought 30 block-40 F-16Cs and 30 two-seat F-16Ds to the IAF between 1991 and 1993. These newer models were nicknamed "Barak" ("lightning"). In part to reward Israel for its restraint during the Gulf War, a shipment of 50 US-surplus F-16As and F-16Bs were delivered in 1994.
In a deal worth $4.5 billion, Israel also ordered 102 additional block 52+ F-16Ds, designated the F-16I nicknamed "Sufa" (Storm). Deliveries of these took place between 2004 and 2009.
In July 2013, Israel began a program called Teuza (boldness) for the purpose of turning some military bases into sales lots for obsolete IDF equipment. Older models that are not suited for Israel's modern high-tech forces will be sold off, or sold for scrap if there are no buyers. Old-model F-16 jets are among those being offered. Main buyers are expected from Latin American, Asian, and African countries. Later that month, Major General Amir Eshel ordered the immediate shutdown of two squadrons of F-16A/B fighters, without any advance warning to the squadrons' air and ground crews. The shutdown was because of military cuts and the mission capability of one F-16I compared to several older models. The aging F-16A/Bs were planned to be decommissioned in 2017 with the arrival of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter. The decision was made to advance the retirement of the aging platforms. One F-16A/B squadron is serving as an advanced jet trainer unit until the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master is delivered in 2014.
The Iraqi Air Force was looking to buy 36 F-16s for its air force in late 2008 in place of phased-out Russian and Chinese fighters during Saddam Hussein's regime acquired after Iran-Iraq War. In the spring of 2009, the decision was made to spend $1.5 billion on an initial order of 18 F-16 fighters. Later purchases could bring the total buy to 96. The first set was to be delivered by 2014, with all 36 currently ordered delivered by 2018.
The first F-16IQ Block 52 fighter was delivered to Iraq on 5 June 2014, making it the 28th country to receive the F-16. The fighter was the first of six two-seat D-models. F-16IQs can be armed with AIM-9L/M Siderwinder and AIM-7 Sparrow air-to-air missiles, AGM-65 Maverick air-to-ground missiles, and Paveway guided bombs. Due to advances made by Islamic State militants in mid-2014 which forced the evacuation of contractors from Balad Air Base, Iraqi F-16s are being sent to Tucson, Arizona, where Iraqi pilots will begin training on their aircraft.
Like Egypt, Jordan opened the door to modern American arms sales by reaching a peace agreement with Israel, this one in 1994. Jordan then arranged for a lease of air defense F-16s from the United States, and to transfer ownership eventually. The program was successful, providing Jordan with 16 F-16A/B ADF fighters in 1997 and 1998 under Peace Falcon I program, RJAF recognized the need to give these aircraft a mid-life update (MLU) in the next 2 or 3 years. (2 F-16A Block 15 ADF aircraft crashed over the years of service). A second Peace Falcon II program delivered a further 17 aircraft of similar type. All of the 17 F-16A/B upgraded by TAI to F-16AM/BM MLU standard. In 2005, Jordan purchased 16 F-16AM/BM Peace Falcon III from Belgium. Later the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) pursued more second hand purchases in 2006 6 F-16BM Peace Falcon IV purchased from RNLAF, An additional 9 F-16AM/BM Peace Falcon V delivered in July/Aug 2011 from Belgium, the purchase totaled 31 aircraft, putting the RJAF in a good position with 62 F-16s.
- The Jordanian Foreign Military Sales program is known as PEACE FALCON.
- Peace Falcon I
On July 29, 1996, a $220 million agreement was signed between the United States and Jordan authorizing the lease of 16 F-16 fighter jets (12 F-16A and 4 F-16B aircraft) to Jordan. This agreement, formally signed by Field Marshal Marei, chief of staff of the Royal Jordanian Armed Forces and Major General Ababneh, chief of staff of the Royal Jordanian Air Force, was linked to the Middle East peace process and close US-Jordanian relations. The complete material/training support agreement, known as the F-16 Peace Falcon Program, includes funding for aircraft structural upgrades, engine modifications, support equipment and spare parts procurement, and pilot/maintenance training.
The agreement consisted of two lease contracts and a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LoA). The first lease was a no-cost lease for Jordan, covering 13 aircraft (12 A models and 1 B model, block 15 OCU's that were modified into ADF (Air Defense Fighters) versions. Under the Arms Export Control Act, the DOD was able to provide these aircraft at a no-cost lease because they had flown off over 75 percent of their life (i.e. more than 3,000 hour). Three of the B-model aircraft still had more than 25 percent of their life left and they fall under the second $4.5 million lease. Both leases cover a 5-year period. The LOA is for $215 million, covering all costs associated with upgrading those aircraft, doing the structural modifications to them, the engine upgrades, providing the support equipment, the logistics, the training.
The aircraft, all of which have flown previously by active Air Force and Air National Guard units, had been in storage for at least a year at the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center (AMARC) at Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, Arizona before they were shipped to Hill AFB, Utah. There the Aircraft Directorate personnel from the Ogden Air Logistics Center performed structural upgrades to extend aircraft life from the designed 4,000 to 8,000 hours flying time as part of the Falcon-Up/Service Life Improvement program. They also modified the aircraft engine bay to accept the upgraded Pratt and Whitney F100-220E engine. New ground was broken with this Foreign military Sales program: taking 'used' F-16s from the desert (AMARC), completely refurbishing and modifying them and delivering the aircraft to the customer within a 17-month time frame.
On October 14, 1997 Lt. Col. Scott Curtis, flying safety officer at Hill AFB, pushed the throttles forward and released the brakes on his F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft. Within a matter of seconds the aircraft accelerated to 140 knots and the first Jordanian F-16 (tail number #80-0547) was airborne. It took more than 13,000 man-hours to get this F-16 ready for its first flight. The #80-0547 had not flown since November 1994, when it was flown from the ANG Station in Garden City, N.J. to the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center, Davis-Monthan, Arizona. The official roll-out of the Peace Falcon was on October 28, 1997, on Hill AFB, Utah.
The Jordan program required that six aircraft be available for ferry flight delivery to Jordan in December 1997, and five each to be available for ferry flight in January and February 1998. At that time, the RJAF planned to acquire as much as 60-70 F-16s (if possible C/D models), enough to equip 3 squadrons.
- Peace Falcon II
There have been talks about a second batch of 16 refurbished F-16s, which would have been delivered under the Peace Falcon II program. After initial talks in 1999, no further news has become available about this program. The RJAF is still looking for a replacement for its obsolete F-5 fighters which are due within a couple of years. They are in favor of acquiring another batch of F-16s for this replacement.
On January 29, 2003, numerous sources indicated that Jordan received 6 F-16 fighters that day in a ceremony held at Shahid Muafaq Al-Satlti AFB. This ceremony was attended by prince Faisal bin Hussain and US ambassador Jordan Edward W. Gnehm. The US embassy in Amman stated that these 6 aircraft were the first of a batch of another 17 (12 A's and 5 B's) that would be delivered to Jordan during the year 2003. All these aircraft are former US ANG F-16 ADF's. These aircraft are to be upgraded with the MLU modification (See Modifications and Armament).
Ultimately, 16 A-models and 1 B-model was delivered to the RJAF. Most of those airframes were put into storage waiting for their MLU conversion. In 2008 these modifications were in full swing at the TUSAS facility in Ankara, Turkey. By 2009 all of those modified airframes will be delivered back to Jordan for operational use.
- Peace Falcon III
In 2005 the RJAF contacted the Dutch and Belgian governments for a batch of F-16s. In April 2006 representatives of both air forces flew to Amman to sign a Letter of Intent for the acquisition of up to 22 ex-Dutch (8 airframes) and ex-Belgian (14 airframes) F-16s. The lot would consist of 17 A-models and 5 B-models (Netherlands: 5 A-models, 3 B-models; Belgium: 12 A-models, 2 B-models). All these aircraft have undergone the MLU upgrade which gives the Jordanians a serious boost in air power and also a sneak preview of the possibilities they will gain after their entire fleet is upgraded with this package. The aircraft are due to be delivered in 2007-2008.
In 2009 a total of 16 Belgian F-16s (12 A's and 4 B's) were delivered, but the Dutch order for A-models was canceled. By that time it became apparent that only the 3 B-models of the first purchase from the Netherlands and the 3 B-models included in the second purchase would be handed over to Jordan during 2009 as part of Peace Falcon IV.
- Peace Falcon IV
Completely out of the blue the Dutch Secretary of Defence announced at the Dubai Air Show in November 2005 that he had signed a Letter of Intent for the purchase of 3 F-16B's by the RJAF. The aircraft are to be used as training assets and are due for delivery in 2006.
In the end, the number of aircraft was raised to 6. All of them being F-16BM's. The delivery of those was postponed until the summer of 2009.
- Peace Falcon V
In 2009 the Belgian government decided to put another 9 F-16AM's for sale. The first country to respond was Jordan and negotiations have been ongoing till 2011. Finally the delivery consisted of 6 F-16AM's and 3 F-16BM's, all delivered in July 2011. The number of Jordanian F-16s rises to 64 airframes with this delivery.
On 24 December 2014, a Jordanian F-16 crashed in Syria after being allegedly shot down by ISIS. The pilot, First Lieutenant Mu'ath Safi Yousef al-Kasasbeh, was captured by ISIS militants. On 3 February 2015, a video posted on ISIS-linked Jihadi websites, showed al-Kasasbeh being burned alive.
In May 2002, the Sultanate of Oman signed an agreement with the U.S. government to purchase 12 Advanced Block 50 F-16s in the PEACE A'SAMA A'SAFIYA ("Clear Skies") Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. The agreement includes eight single-seat F-16Cs and four two-seat F-16Ds.
The Turkish Air Force is the world's third largest operator of the F-16, following the USA and Israel. Turkey became one of the nations to indigenously produce the F-16, under a license from Lockheed Martin. Turkey initially received in total 240 F-16s. However, a further 30 were ordered in 2007. All Turkish F-16s are built by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI). Each new aircraft had to visit American territory under the terms of the PEACE ONYX Foreign Military Sales program before being turned over to the Turkish Air Force. In 2005, Turkey signed a $1.1 billion avionics upgrade package, based on the USAF's Common Configuration Implementation Program (CCIP). In addition to this, the Turkish Air Force put a firm order for 30 more F-16 Block 50+. These too will be manufactured by TAI. 165 F-16 will be upgraded to F-16 Block 50+ standards by TAI.
United Arab Emirates
It was surprising to some to find the F-16 the winner of the UAE's high-end fighter competition, beating both the Dassault Rafale and F-15 Eagle. The key was a highly advanced configuration that became the F-16E/F-60, with the UAE as its first customer. A total of 80 aircraft were ordered.
The Bush administration announced plans to sell Morocco 24 F-16C/D fighters and 24 T-6B trainers aircraft valued at up to $2.6 billion on 27 December 2007. The sale was officially announced on 6 June 2008 and deliveries commenced in July 2011. All F-16s were delivered by the end of August 2012.
The Indonesian Air Force operates a mix of F-16A/B Block 15 OCU and F-16C/D Block 52ID. In 1989, Indonesia received a single allotment of 8 F-16A and 4 F-16Bs. Two F-16s were lost in accidents leaving the fleet with only ten F-16s. A purchase of nine more aircraft was cancelled in favor of 12 Su-30KI, however this order was later also cancelled due to the Asian Financial Crisis. The Indonesian Air Force are planning to upgrade their F-16A and B aircraft to F-16C/D variants by the end of 2009 and there is an option of purchasing new F-16C/Ds to replace their retired, but in reserve, F-5E Tiger IIs. From 2000 to 2005 the US imposed an arms embargo on Indonesia which resulted in the F-16 squadron being grounded due to a lack of spare parts. The Indonesian Air Force was seeking approval to purchase 6 new F-16 C/D variants to strengthen their F-16 squadron in 2009. However, the United States counter-offered up to 24 used F-16C/D block 25, 6 spares and associated equipment and logistical support. In the cost the upgrade to Block 52 standard was included. The total estimated cost was $750 million. The delivery of the first 6 F-16C/Ds took place in 2014, with the remaining 18 to be delivered by end of 2015. The Indonesian Foreign Military Sales program is known as PEACE BIMA-SENA.
Pakistan was an early customer of the F-16, seeking to counter a heavy Soviet presence in Afghanistan, in addition to countering its traditional rival, India. An initial order for 40 aircraft was delivered in two installments, and led to a further order for 71 more F-16A/B-15OCU aircraft. Due to political developments relating to Pakistan's nuclear program, these aircraft were embargoed before delivery. 28 aircraft remained in storage while other buyers were sought (and a 10 year lease to New Zealand fell through), but ultimately it was decided that the aircraft would be put into service with the US Air Force and Navy as aggressor aircraft. The remaining aircraft on order had work stopped before completion.
The Pakistani Foreign Military Sales program is known as PEACE GATE.
In November 2006, the Pakistan Air Force signed a Letter of Acceptance (LOA) for 18 new-built F-16C/D Block 52, 28 F-16A/B Block 15 and 60 Mid-Life-Update M3 Tape modules/kits as part of a $5.1bn deal including fighter aircraft, their related infrastructure, training and ammunition. Deliveries of the F-16A/Bs are expected to begin in 2007, while the initial F-16C/Ds will likely be received sometime in late 2008 or early 2009. The current procurement program of new-built aircraft as well as refurbishment and upgrade of 60 used and serving aircraft is expected to be complete by 2010-2012, as per the Pakistan Air Force Air Chief Marshal Tanvir Mahmood Ahmed. In April 2006, Janes Defence Weekly reported that the PAF may procure an additional 18 Block 52 from the current deal. In July 2007, Commander of Central Command Air Forces, Lieutenant General Gary L. North (U.S. Air Force), and another U.S. aviator flew a pair of F-16s to Pakistan for Pakistan Air Force.
In December 2009 the first F-16/D block 52 rolled out for PAF. First batch arrived in Pakistan in May 2010, 17 F-16C/D were delivered to PAF by the end of December 2010. One F-16D used for testing joined PAF in 2012 along with two examples upgraded to MLU in USA.
In April 2014, the PAF received a batch of five F-16s it had bought used from Jordan. The total order is for 13 aircraft.
The Singapore Air Force began as a small F-16 user, but has a steadily growing fleet. It has operated the aircraft since 1988, when the first of its initial order for 8 F-16A/B-15OCU arrived. Since then, it has begun ordering multiple installments of F-16C/D Block 52/52+ aircraft, totalling 74 of the advanced fighters.
The Singapore Foreign Military Sales program is known as PEACE CARVIN.
Facing a desperate need for advanced aircraft to counter North Korea's numerical superiority, Republic of Korea Air Force was quick to order the F-16 to meet its needs with a 1981 order for 36 F-16C/D Block 32 aircraft (later 4 F-16Ds added by profit from exchange rate fluctuation), making it the first operator for the C/D model outside of the United States. A more ambitious program (Korean Fighter Program) to provide 120 new fighters was initially lost to the F/A-18 Hornet, but various difficulties led to the order going to the F-16C/D Block 52D (KF-16C/D), 72 of which were to be manufactured in South Korea, 36 of which were to be delivered in kit form and assembled in South Korea, and 12 of which were to be produced in Fort Worth, U.S.A.. In 2000, a further 20 Korean-built F-16s were added.
The South Korean Foreign Military Sales program is known as PEACE BRIDGE.
In May 2009, South Korean government announced upgrade plan for its KF-16C/D fleet’s radar and armament, as part of the 2010-2014 arms acquisition and management package being submitted to President Lee Myung-bak for approval. The ROKAF operates about 135 of the “KF-16” fighters, many of which were built in Korea under a $5.5 billion licensing agreement from 1994-2004. Key upgrades will include new radars to replace the existing APG-68v5/v7 systems, avionics and computers, and improving cabling and databuses to MIL-STD-1760 so that the aircraft will be able to carry GPS-guided weapons, AIM-9X Sidewider missiles, and other new equipment.
In March 2014, the South Korean Air Force revealed that it was considering leasing F-16s operated by the U.S. Air Force. ROKAF F-4 and F-5 fighters were intended to be replaced through the F-X III competition by 2016 and the development of the KF-X indigenous fighter, but F-X III deliveries were delayed until 2018 and the KF-X won't enter service until 2023. With the aging fighters still needing to be retired, between 20 and 60 American F-16s are being reviewed for leasing to sustain aircraft numbers. South Korea had previously leased U.S. T-38 Talon trainers for over a decade until the completion of the KAI T-50 Golden Eagle, but a country leasing a combat fighter is very rare due to risk of increased costs if they need to be used in a conflict situation.
The Republic of China (Taiwan) is a major F-16 customer, although it has placed only a single order for the aircraft. In 1992, 150 F-16A/B-20 aircraft were ordered while at the same time Taiwan ordered 60 Dassault Mirage 2000 and launched its own indigenous fighter program, the AIDC Ching-Kuo. Delivery of all F-16s was completed in 2001.
The Taiwanese Foreign Military Sales program is known as PEACE FENGHUANG (Peace Phoenix).
The Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF), needing a next generation fighter to replace its fleet of F-5s, has expressed interest in the new F-35 Lightning II. However, due to political issues, it is unlikely the island nation will be able to acquire such an advanced fighter in the near future. As a result, the ROCAF has opted for up to 66 new F-16C/D Block50/52 as its interim replacement fighter. As with all military purchases, Beijing has expressed opposition to the sale, which is currently stalled inside the Obama administration. However Obama has agreed to a $5.3 billion deal to upgrade Taiwan's current fleet of F-16 A/B Block 20s to configuration similar to that of the proposed F-16V standard with AESA radars.
The Royal Thai Air Force initially considered a candidate to purchase the F-16/79. Thailand's first order was ultimately for 12 F-16A/B-15OCU fighters, immediately bolstered by a further 6 F-16A-15OCU planes. 18 more aircraft were received in 1995, the last new-production block 15 aircraft built. An attempt to buy F/A-18 Hornets failed, and in place of them, the US offered to sell USAF F-16ADFs Excess Defense Articles. A total of 18 examples were bought. In early 2005, the Royal Thai Air Force received 3 F-16A-15OCU and 4 F-16B-15OCU from the Republic of Singapore Air Force. The Thai Foreign Military Sales program is known as PEACE NARESUAN.
In 2011, 18 F-16A/B-15 OCU from 403 Sqd. will be upgraded to F-16 MLU.
The Chilean Air Force selected the F-16 as the winner of a long-running competition to provide the nation's next generation of fighter aircraft in 2000. The F-16 competed successfully against the JAS 39 Gripen, the Dassault Mirage 2000, the F-18 Hornet. Currently Chile has already received all of its ten F-16C/D Block 50+ aircraft. The deal for six C and four D model aircraft was valued at $600 million in 2002 and was conducted under the program name PEACE PUMA. 18 more used F-16A/B MLU aircraft (11 F-16AM and 7 F-16BM) were bought from Netherlands in 2005, and delivered by mid-2006. In late 2008, the Chilean Ministry of Defense expressed its interest in buying 18 more aircraft from the Netherlands, which was later confirmed in April 2009.
The Chilean F-16 Block 50 could be armed with US missile such as the AIM-120 and AIM-9 Sidewinder and Israeli made missiles Derby, Python IV and Python V.
The F-16 Air Force of Chile are part of the following units:
- 1st Air Brigade (I Brigada Aérea) in Los Condores Air Base.
- 3rd Aviation Group (Grupo de Aviación Nº 3).
- 5th Air Brigade (V Brigada Aérea) in Cerro Moreno Air Base.
- 7th Aviation Group (Grupo de Aviación Nº 7).
- 8th Aviation Group (Grupo de Aviación Nº 8).
The first – and for a long time the only – Latin American user of the F-16, Venezuela ordered a total of 24 F-16A/B Block 15 aircraft in May 1982 under the PEACE DELTA program; the U.S. government originally offered the F-16/J79 version, but eventually authorized sale of the standard Block 15 version. Deliveries of 18 ‘A’ models and 6 ‘B’ models began in September 1983 and were completed in 1985. Since entering operational service in 1984, these fighters have served with 161st and 162nd Fighter Squadron of Fighter Air Group 16 at El Libertador Airbase, Palo Negro. The Venezuelan Air Force had wanted to order a further batch of 24 aircraft, but was unable to afford the purchase.
Venezuela has been seeking two attrition replacements for lost F-16s since late 1997, but has not been able to obtain them due to financial problems and souring relations between the United States and the government of President Hugo Chávez. On 15 May 2006, the U.S. government announced that it would enact a ban on arms sales to Venezuela to become effective at the beginning of October of that year. This embargo was expected to soon render Venezuela’s F-16 fleet non-operational, and General Alberto Muller, a military advisor to President Chávez, responded to the embargo announcement with a threat to sell Venezuela’s remaining 21 F-16s to Iran. Subsequently, the Chávez government decided to pursue replacement of its American-sourced military aircraft inventory with Russian aircraft, and in mid-June 2006 it was revealed that Venezuela had recently ordered several Sukhoi Su-30s.
|16º Grupo Aéreo de Caza "Dragones"||El Libertador Airbase, Palo Negro|
|Escuadrón de Caza 161 "Caribes"||F-16A/B Block 15||El Libertador Airbase, Palo Negro|
|Escuadrón de Caza 162 "Gavilanes"||F-16A/B Block 15||El Libertador Airbase, Palo Negro|
Future and potential operators
Bangladesh Air Force extended its fighter procurement plan in 2015 which includes purchase of KAI T-50 Golden Eagle, Hongdu L-15, F-16 Fighting Falcon.
On 8 April 2013, Commander of the Colombian Air Force Tito Saul Pinilla Pinilla toured McEntire Joint National Guard Base as part of the State Partnership Program (SPP) between South Carolina and Colombia. During his visit, he revealed that Colombia was planning to buy F-16s and was interested about maintenance and logistics support for the aircraft. In July 2013, the Colombian Ministry of Defense expressed interest in acquiring new-built F-16C/D multirole fighters. Colombia would be interested in a batch of 10 F-16Cs and two F-16Ds, with the possibility of ordering a second batch. Colombia hopes to begin orders by 2015. On 30 July 2013, five Colombian Air Force officers toured McEntire Joint National Guard Base as part of the SPP. The visit was to gather information about F-16 operations and maintenance. After receiving a unit briefing, the officers went on a tour of the wing’s operations and maintenance groups and had an F-16 avionics demonstration on the flightline. On 14 November 2013, air operations commander Brig Gen Eduardo Bueno Vargas identified a need to purchase at least 18 air superiority fighter aircraft. The F-16 is being considered, along with the F/A-18 Super Hornet, Dassault Mirage 2000, Sukhoi Su-30, and potentially others.
Philippines Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario has indicated an interest in second hand F-16s from the United States. On December 2011, the DND and Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) was tasked to formally request at least a squadron of 12 ex-USAF F-16C/D fighter jets, most probably Block 25 or 30 which would be refurbished to either Block 50 or 52 standards. This would be discussed during the US-Philippines "2+2" Meeting on 30 April 2012.
On 24 March 2010, Romania's Supreme Defense Council approved the purchase of 24 refurbished F-16C/D Block 25 aircraft from the U.S. Air Force inventory. First batch of aircraft was scheduled to arrive in 2013. Total cost for the aircraft were estimated at US$1.4 billion. Romania failed to pay the first installment on the aircraft, even though it was delayed from June 3 to August 3.
On September 27, 2012, Romania’s Supreme Defense Council approved a plan to buy 12 used F-16s from Portugal in deal worth 670 million euro. Aircraft will be delivered over the next five years and will enter operational service in 2016 after pilot training. Romania was to complete negotiations and finalization of documents with Portugal by the end of May, and with the U.S. by September. 120 million euros will pay for the aircraft, with the rest paying for logistic support. Even though the Portuguese F-16s are 30 years old, they can still be flyable for another 20 years. The 12 F-16s will replace 48 MiG-21s in Romanian service. Legislation regarding the F-16 deal was passed by the country's Chamber of Deputies in June 2013 and on 12 July 2013, Romanian President Traian Băsescu formally approved the purchase. On 11 October 2013, Romania completed the purchase of 12 Lockheed Martin F-16AM/BM Fighting Falcons from Portugal. The package is worth $252.6 million/186.2 million euros, and includes nine former Portuguese Air Force aircraft and three former U.S. Air Force aircraft supplied to Portugal for the resale under the U.S. Excess Defense Article program. Nine aircraft are single-seat and three are twin-seat. Portugal will receive 78 million euros for the sale, and the rest will be spent acquiring and upgrading the U.S. surplus aircraft and associated equipment. The first F-16 is scheduled to be delivered in 2016 with initial operational capability achieved in 2017.
The Romanian Armed Forces intend to buy 12 more Lockheed Martin F-16AM/BM Fighting Falcons until 2020 for a second squadron. After that, the Romanian Air Force plans to buy 24 F-16s of newer generation until 2025, probably Block 50s.
Cancelled orders and failed bids
The US Defense Cooperation Agency offered 36 F-16A (MLU) (+6 spares) in June 1999 to Argentina. The bid was abandoned by the upcoming Argentine Government.
The F-16A and F-16C were among the designs considered by the Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF) to replace its Dassault Mirage III fighters in the late 1970s and early 1980s. After the initial evaluation processes were concluded, the RAAF was left with a choice between the F-16C and F/A-18 Hornet, both of which met its technical requirements. While the F-16C was cheaper than the F/A-18A, the RAAF decided that the Hornet was more technologically mature, easier to maintain during operational deployments, and likely to have a much lower attrition rate. Accordingly, the Australian Government chose to order 75 F/A-18s in October 1981.
Brazil was evaluating the F-16BR with the intent to manufacture in a joint-venture with Lockheed Martin. The Dassault Rafale, Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, and the Saab Gripen NG made the short list.
For the ongoing Indian MRCA competition for the Indian Air Force (IAF), Lockheed Martin was offering the customized F-16IN Super Viper. The F-16IN is based closely on the F-16E/F Block 60 and features conformal fuel tanks; AN/APG-80 AESA radar, GE F110-132A engine with FADEC controls; electronic warfare suite and infra-red searching (IRST); updated all-color glass cockpit; and a helmet-mounted cueing system.
Lockheed Martin and the United States government intensively lobbied for India's US$10 billion contract for 126 fighter jets. Ashton Carter, chief of The Pentagon's acquisition department, even raised the possibility of United States offering F-35 Lightning II to India as a follow-on to the F-16IN.
The IAF extensively evaluated the F-16 which included field trials in hot weather conditions and in high-altitude mountain ranges. In April 2011, the IAF rejected F-16IN's bid in favor of either the Eurofighter Typhoon or Dassault Rafale. In January 2012, Dassault Rafale finally emerged as the winner of this US$10.5 billion deal for 126 fighter jets.
Iran placed an order for 160 aircraft for the former Imperial Iranian Air Force (IIAF) in 1976, with an option for a further 140. Due to the Iranian Revolution in 1979, the order was cancelled and no deliveries were made. 55 of these aircraft were later delivered to the Israeli Air Force.
In December 1998, the Royal New Zealand Air Force had planned to acquire 28 F-16A/B Block 15 aircraft following their embargoed sale to Pakistan under a 10-year lease-buy arrangement as an interim replacement for its fleet of ageing A-4 Skyhawks. The agreed price was US$105 million. The acquisition was cancelled by the new Labour government in March 2000 citing a benign security environment in which "an air combat force is not a priority".
Summaries of F-16 deliveries
Foreign sales programs by codename
While USAF and EPAF customers account for the majority of F-16 sales, the F-16 has also been sold to many other customers under an agreement known as a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.
Since the DoD assigns two-word codenames to programs such as these, FMS programs are assigned two-word codenames beginning with the word PEACE, indicating oversight by USAF Headquarters. The second word in these FMS sales is often chosen to reflect some facet of the customer, such as MARBLE for Israel or ONYX for Turkey. DoD codenames appear in all capital letters.
The codename is assigned beginning with the first FMS sale, and Roman numerals are appended to distinguish follow-on buys, the original FMS buy denoted with the Roman numeral 'I'.
Note that the sale of the F-16E and F-16F Block 60 models to the UAE was not assigned a codename, because it was not sold under an FMS agreement.
|Program Codename||Customer||Deliveries||Aircraft Acquired||Notes|
|Peace A'sama A'safiya||Oman||2005–2006||(12) 8 F-16C-50 (Adv.), 4 F-16D-50 (Adv.)||“A'sama A'safiya” means “Clear Skies”.|
|Peace Atlantis I||Portugal||1994||(20) 17 F-16A-15OCU, 3 F-16B-15OCU|
|Peace Atlantis II||Portugal||1999||(25) 21 F-16A-15, 4 F-16B-15||USAF EDAs, 5 F-16As broken down for spares; received MLU upgrade|
|Peace Bima-Sena||Indonesia||1989–1990||(12) 8 F-16A-15OCU, 4 F-16B-15OCU||Additional order for 9 aircraft was cancelled.|
|Peace Bridge I||South Korea||1986–1992||(40) 30 F-16C-32, 10 F-16D-32|
|Peace Bridge II||South Korea||1994–2000||(120) 80 F-16C-52, 40 F-16D-52||Licensed production, Korea Fighter Program (KFP). KF-16|
|Peace Bridge III||South Korea||2003–2004||(20) 14 F-16C-52+, 6 F-16D-52+||Licensed production, Korea Fighter Program (KFP). KF-16|
|Peace Carvin I||Singapore||1988||(8) 4 F-16A-15OCU, 4 F-16B-15OCU|
|Peace Carvin II||Singapore||1998||(18) 8 F-16C-52, 10 F-16D-52|
|Peace Carvin III||Singapore||2000–2002||(12) 10 F-16C-52, 2 F-16D-52|
|Peace Carvin IV||Singapore||2003–2004||(20) 20 F-16D-52|
|Peace Caesar||Italy||2003–2004||(34) 26 F-16A-15ADF, 4 F-16B-15ADF, 4 F-16A/B-5/10||10-year lease program of surplus USAF aircraft.|
|Peace Crown I||Bahrain||1990||(12) 8 F-16C-40, 4 F-16D-40|
|Peace Crown II||Bahrain||2000||(10) 10 F-16C-40|
|Peace Delta||Venezuela||1982–1984||(24) 18 F-16A-15, 6 F-16B-15|
|Peace Falcon I||Jordan||1997–1998||(16) 12 F-16A-15ADF, 4 F-16B-15ADF||USAF EDAs|
|Peace Falcon II||Jordan||2003||(17) 12 [7+9?] F-16A-15ADF, 5 [1?] F-16B-15ADF||USAF EDAs|
|Peace Fenghuang||Taiwan||1997–2001||(150) 120 F-16A-20, 30 F-16B-20|
|Peace Gate I||Pakistan||1983||(6) 2 F-16A-15, 4 F-16B-15|
|Peace Gate II||Pakistan||1983–1987||(34) 26 F-16A-15, 8 F-16B-15|
|Peace Gate III||Pakistan||Embargoed||(11) 6 F-16A-15OCU, 5 F-16B-15OCU|
|Peace Gate IV||Pakistan||Embargoed||(60) 48 F-16A-15OCU, 12 F-16B-15OCU|
|Peace Gate V||Pakistan||1983–1987||(34) 26 F-16A-15, 8 F-16B-15|
|Peace Drive I||Pakistan||2006–2010||(18) 12 F-16C-52, 6 F-16D-52|
|Peace Marble I||Israel||1979–1981||(75) 18 F-16A-5, 8 F-16B-5, 40 F-16A-10, 9 F-16A-15||Originally destined for Iran. Cancelled due to revolution.|
|Peace Marble II||Israel||1986–1988||(75) 51 F-16C-30, 24 F-16D-30|
|Peace Marble III||Israel||1991–1993||(60) 30 F-16C-30, 30 F-16D-30|
|Peace Marble IV||Israel||1994||(50) 3 F-16A-1, 2 F-16B-1, 1 F-16A-5, 7 F-16B-5, 32 F-16A-10, 5 F-16B-10|
|Peace Marble V||Israel||2004–2009||(102) 102 F-16D-52|
|Peace Naresuan I||Thailand||1988||(12) 8 F-16A-15OCU, 4 F-16B-15OCU|
|Peace Naresuan II||Thailand||1990–1991||(6) 6 F-16A-15OCU|
|Peace Naresuan III||Thailand||1995–1996||(18) 12 F-16A-15OCU, 6 F-16B-15OCU|
|Peace Naresuan IV||Thailand||2002–2003||(18) 15 F-16A-15ADF, 1 F-16B-15ADF, 2 F-16A-10OCU|
|Peace Onyx I||Turkey||1987–1995||(160) 34 F-16C-30, 9 F-16D-30, 102 F-16C-40, 15 F-16D-40|
|Peace Onyx II||Turkey||1996–1997||(40) 34 F-16C-50, 6 F-16D-50|
|Peace Onyx III||Turkey||1998–1999||(40) 26 F-16C-50, 14 F-16D-50|
|Peace Onyx IV||Turkey||2010–2011||(30) 16 F-16C-50+, 14 F-16D-50+|
|Peace Sky||Poland||2006–2009||(48) 36 F-16C-52, 12 F-16D-52|
|Peace Vector I||Egypt||1982–1985||(42) 34 F-16A-15, 8 F-16B-15|
|Peace Vector II||Egypt||1986–1988||(40) 34 F-16C-32, 6 F-16D-32|
|Peace Vector III||Egypt||1991–1995||(47) 35 F-16C-40, 12 F-16D-40|
|Peace Vector IV||Egypt||1994–1995||(46) 34 F-16C-40, 12 F-16D-40|
|Peace Vector V||Egypt||1999–2000||(21) 21 F-16C-40|
|Peace Vector VI||Egypt||2001–2002||(24) 12 F-16C-40, 12 F-16D-40|
|Peace Xenia I||Greece||1989–1990||(40) 34 F-16C-30, 6 F-16D-30|
|Peace Xenia II||Greece||1997–1998||(40) 32 F-16C-50, 8 F-16D-50|
|Peace Xenia III||Greece||2002–2004||(60) 40 F-16C-52, 20 F-16D-52|
|Peace Xenia IV||Greece||2009–2010||(30) 20 F-16C-52, 10 F-16D-52|
- Air Forces Monthly, December 2007 issue, p. 43-44.
- F-16 Users: US Navy, F-16.net. Retrieved: 10 March 2008.
- "Italian F-16 'Peace Caesar' program comes to an end". f-16.net. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- "Polish F-16s make emergency landing due to avionics malfunction". f-16.net. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- "Wojsko polskie - Pinger.pl". pinger.pl. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- "BBC Sekcja Polska - Biznes - F-16: Offset daleki od oczekiwań". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- "Offset F-16: sukces czy niewypał?". Money.pl. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- Grupa Wirtualna Polska. "Dlaczego kupiliśmy F-16, choć Gripen dawał lepszy offset?". konflikty.wp.pl. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- "Nadleciał F-16: przetarg stulecia rozstrzygnięty". Bankier.pl. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- "Os F-16 em Portugal" [F-16 in Portugal] (in Portuguese). Retrieved 11 May 2013.
- "F-16 Air Forces - Portugal". Retrieved 11 May 2013.
- Elvas (1999). p. 58
- Jaroslaw Adamowski (29 August 2012). "Romania To Buy F-16 Fighters From Portugal". Retrieved 11 May 2013.
- Andra Timu (27 September 2012). "Romanian Council Approves Plan to Buy F-16 Jets, Mediafax Says". Retrieved 11 May 2013.
- "Ministros da Defesa de Portugal e Roménia querem concluir negócio dos F16 até Junho" [Portuguese and Romanian Defense ministers want to finalize F-16 sale until June]. Público (in Portuguese). 16 April 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
- "Romania to operate 12-strong F-16 fighter squadron". 22 April 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
- Romania and Portugal signed the purchase contract for 12 F-16s, 11 October 2013, retrieved 11 October 2013
- "F-16 Air Forces - Egypt". f-16.net. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- defenseaerospace.com: Lockheed Martin Receives $213 Million Contract for 20 New F-16s for Egypt
- http://www.f-16.net: Egyptian Air Force Profile at F-16 Website
- U.S. and Egypt Reinforce Commitment to Regional Security with Delivery of F-16s - UNNmagazine.com, February 5, 2013
- Obama halts delivery of four F-16 jets to Egypt amid unrest - NBCnews.com, 24 July 2013
- First Down - F-16. Israeli Air Force site
- . F-16.net
- Israeli army is planning to sell second-hands Merkava main battle tanks and F-16 fighter aircraft - Armyrecognition.com, 16 July 2013
- IDF Changes Force Strategy To Stay Relevant - Aviationweek.com, 29 July 2013
- Cole, August and Yochi J. Dreazen. "Iraq Seeks F-16 Fidghters", Wall Street Journal, 5 September 2008.
- Opall-Rome, Barbara. "Iraqi Brass Confirm Interest in F-16s, Armed Helos", Defense News, 16 October 2008.
- "Iraqis Put Up The Bucks For F-16s", Strategypage.com, 6 April 2009.
- Iraq says signs contract for 18 F-16 fighters - Reuters.com, October 18, 2012
- Iraq regains fighter power with F-16IQ delivery - Flightglobal.com, 5 June 2014
- Islamic State threat delays delivery of F-16s to Iraq - Militarytimes.com, 10 November 2014
- "F-16 Air Forces - Jordan". f-16.net. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- Reed Business Information Limited. "PICTURES: Jordan accepts six more secondhand F-16s". flightglobal.com. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- "Belgian Air Force F-16's to Jordan". belgian-wings.be. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- "IS captures Jordanian pilot after warplane crashes in Syria". BBC News. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- Greg Botelho & Hadel Ghaboun (24 December 2014). "For first time, ISIS captures coalition pilot". CNN. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- "Jordan pilot hostage Moaz al-Kasasbeh 'burned alive'". BBC News. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- "F-16 Air Forces - Oman". F-16.net. Retrieved 2015-03-25.
- F-16 Users: Turkey. F-16.net. Retrieved: 2 February 2008.
- Warwick, Graham. "USA details possible $2.6 billion deal with Moroccan air force". Flight International, 27 December 2007.
- "Morocco Orders 24 F-16s". Defense News, 6 June 2008.
- Walz, Angela (February 2, 2010). "Arizona Air Guard to train Moroccan F-16 pilots". Arizona National Guard. Retrieved October 2, 2010.
- Morocco Delivery - Defense-Aerospace.com, August 27, 2012
- Scramble Magazine. "Indonesian Air Arms Overview"
- Niels Hillebrand. "MILAVIA Aircraft - Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker Operators". milavia.net. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- "F-16 Air Forces - Indonesia". f-16.net. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- "OrBat Indonesia - Military Aviation Publications". milaviapress.com. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- "Indonesia to get 24 F-16 block 25s". f-16.net. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- "Indonesia Accepts US Offer of 24 F-16 Fighter Jets". The Jakarta Globe. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- "US starts delivering F-16 aircraft". dawn.com. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- "Last batch of U.S. F-16 fighter jets delivered to Pakistan." Retrieved: 6 May 2013.
- "Pakistan receives first MLU F-16s". f-16.net. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- Pakistan; AF incepts surplus Jordanian F-16 - Dmilt.com, 1 May 2014
- "F-16 Air Forces - South Korea". f-16.net. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- Korea mulling leasing up to 60 F-16s - Koreatimes.co.kr, 26 March 2014
- "US official confirms that Taipei requested fighters". taipeitimes.com. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- Ide, William. "Taiwan Presses US for Fighter Jets, Notes Progress in Ties with China." Voice of America, 12 May 2011.
- Gienger, Viola. "Pentagon Plans Upgrades for Taiwan F-16s, No New Jets." Business Week, 21 September 2011.
- Chile, Chilean Air Force, F-16.net
- "Chile Looking to Replace F-5s With More F-16s". Defense Industry Daily. 31 May 2009. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- "Chile purchases 18 second hand F16 fighter planes from Holland". MercoPress. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- Anon. (undated). “Venezuela”. F-16.net. Retrieved 16 June 2008.
- Anon. (updated January 2006). Military Force Structures of the World – “Venezuela”. Forecast International.
- Anon. (November 5, 1997). “Venezuela looking to buy Lockheed Martin F-16s”. Aerospace Daily. Retrieved 16 June 2008.
- Sanchez, Fabiola (16 May 2006). “Venezuela Weighs Selling U.S. Jets to Iran”. Washington Post. Retrieved 16 June 2008.
- Anon. (15 June 2006). “Venezuela to get Russian aircraft”. BBC. Retrieved 16 June 2008.
- Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft (21 November 2007). “Lockheed Martin (General Dynamics) F-16 Fighting Falcon”. Jane’s Publishing.
- JT. "Defense Updates". defenseupdates.blogspot.co.nz. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- "Bulgarian Govt to Buy Third-Hand Fighter Jets from Portugal - Report". novinite.com. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- Colombian air force commander visits McEntire Joint National Guard Base - Dvidshub.net, 9 April 2013
- Colombia; FAC negotiates procurement of F-16C squadron - Dmilt.com, 17 July 2013
- Avanzan las conversaciones para la compra de dos lotes de F-16 para la Fuerza Aérea de Colombia - Infodefensa.com, 16 July 2013
- Colombian State Partnership - Codeonemagazine.com, 30 July 2013
- Colombia seeks new fighter purchase - Flightglobal.com, 18 November 2013
- ""Philippines Seeks U.S. F-16s Amid China Concerns."". defensenews.com. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- "Philippines seeks 12 F-16 fighter jets from US". huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- "Romania plans to acquire 24 used F-16 fighters". Retrieved 25 March 2010.[dead link]
- "F-16 deal with the US not observed by the Romanian side".
- "Dobritoiu: Romania to pay around 600 million dollars over five years for 12 second-hand F-16 fighter jets from Portugal". ACTMedia - Romanian Business News. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- Romania to Purchase Used F-16 Jets from Portugal - CNTV.CN, April 22, 2013
- Romania plans to purchase 12 multirole fighter aircraft F-16 from Portugal - Airrecognition.com, 21 June 2013
- Romania president clears way for fighter aircraft acquisition - Janes.com, 11 July 2013
- Romania buys Portuguese F-16s - Janes.com, 10 October 2013
- McLaughlin, Andrew (2005). Hornets Down Under. Fyshwick, ACT: Phantom Media. pp. 51–62. ISBN 0646443984.
- Pandey, Vinay. "F-16 maker Lockheed mounts an India campaign." Times of India, 17 January 2008. Retrieved: 23 March 2011.
- "F-16IN page." Lockheed Martin. Retrieved: 25 October 2009.
- "US lobbying fails to mask fighters’ flaws". Financial Times. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- "Tehelka - India's Independent Weekly News Magazine". tehelka.com. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- "US may allow India to buy F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter". timesofindia-economictimes. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- "US wants India's fighter jet order, dangles F-35 carrot". IBNLive. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- "Lockheed begins F-16 trials for IAF". IBNLive. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- India shortlists Rafale, Eurofighter for jet deal
- "1979 - 0747 - Flight Archive". flightglobal.com. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- Imperial Iranian Air Force F-16s, f-16.net
- "Clinton meets with Pakistani leader on nuclear, F-16 issues". Associated Press. December 2, 1998.
- Erlanger, Steven (December 2, 1998). "http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F70615F83F5F0C718CDDAB0994D0494D81". New York Times.
- Paal, Douglas H. (August 8, 2000). "New Zealand Is Backing Away From the Global Marketplace". New York Times.
- "New Zealand cancels US fighter contract". Associated Press. March 20, 2000.
- F-16.net F-16 air forces, operators, and potential customers