The F-16C Block 50 is a further developed variant of the famous F-16 multi-role fighter — featuring a new engine and new guided weapons. Meet this exciting jet fighter, coming to War Thunder in the next major update!
F-16C Block 50: Jet fighter, USA, rank VIII
- 8 weapon hardpoints.
- Laser-guided bombs.
- Improved engine.
In the early 1990s, the first single-seat F-16C appeared which was upgraded under the Block 50 program. This new program saw the installation of a new General Electric F110-GE-129 bypass engine, which featured increased thrust when taking off and at low speeds, as well as a new radar and updated avionics so that advanced weapons could be used. F-16C Block 50s are still in service today with the US, as well as foreign operators such as Turkey and Greece
The F-16C Block 50 will come to War Thunder in the next major update as a new flagship jet fighter at the top of the US fighter jet line. Featuring 8 weapon hardpoints, a more powerful engine, AIM-7 Sparrow air-to-air missiles, and most excitingly, new laser-guided precision bombs, the F-16C will be a formidable force to be reckoned with. Let’s take a look at the details!
Courtesy of the Block 50 modernization program, the F-16C is equipped with a brand new F110-GE-129 engine, which in comparison to the well known F-16A, means the F-16C will have an increase in thrust in static and lower speeds. Furthermore, when approaching the speed of sound, the thrust increase is proportional to the overall mass of the F-16C. Because of this, while at transonic and supersonic speeds, the performance of the F-16C is equal to or just slightly superior to the F-16A Block 15.
Moving onto what weaponry this further developed F-16C has to offer. Thanks to 8 weapon hardpoints and a new radar, the F-16C will ensure that you’ll have the best weapons at your disposal. For air-to-air missiles, the F-16C can carry the AIM-7 Sparrow air-to-air missile as well as AIM-9L Sidewinders. In addition to this, the F-16C can also carry conventional unguided weapons that can be used against ground targets, which include free-fall retarded bombs, incendiary bombs as well as rockets — there’s certainly plenty to choose from! There are also exciting new laser-guided bombs, which are currently not featured on F-16s in the game, thanks to the addition of the LITENING II targeting pod. Previous F-16 pilots will be glad to know that this means two types of bombs — the GBU-12 Paveway II and GBU-24 Paveway III — weighing 500 and 2,000 pounds respectively, will be able to be carried on the F-16C. Moreover, the F-16C can also carry AGM-65D Maverick missiles, which are launched from a triple-rail pod.
We’d like to mention that our artists, especially for the F-16C Block 50, have prepared a very cool “snake” camouflage of the Viper Demo Team aerobatic team. That’s it for now! This fantastic and further developed F-16C will be waiting for you with the release of the next major update. Until that happens, happy flying, pilots!
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