IAI F-16B ACE (Avionics Capabilities Enhancement)

Should the F-16B ‘4X-ACE’ be added to the Israeli air tree?
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Overview:

The “F-16 ACE (Avionics Capabilities Enhancement)” was a program to upgrade the older F-16A/B aircraft with advanced avionics and weapons. In 2001, IAI and Elbit showcased a modified F-16B Block 5, which they had acquired in 1994, at the Paris Air Show under the codename “4X-ACE.” However, there were no customers who purchased this upgrade program. The modified F-16B “4X-ACE” is currently parked at Ben Gurion Airport.

The aircraft’s radar was upgraded from the old AN/APG-66 to the EL/M-2032, and the previous cumbersome instrument panel was replaced with three large 5"x7" Multi-Function Displays (MFDs). The Head-Up Display (HUD) was also replaced with a wide-angle HUD developed by El-Op. In addition, an Elbit-developed Helmet-Mounted Display (HMD) was installed, allowing the pilot to instantly assess the aircraft’s status in any situation.

Furthermore, enhanced armament was added to the “4X-ACE”. The integration of Rafael’s Python 4 and Derby missiles enabled improved close-range and Beyond Visual Range (BVR) combat capabilities. For ground attacks, the IAI-developed GRIFFIN III LGB (Laser Guided Bomb) was integrated, which is guided by Rafael’s Litening Targeting Pod. The AGM-142 “Popeye” missile from Rafael can also be equipped.

The countermeasures dispenser remains the same as the original F-16A/B, with two AN/ALE-40 dispensers being the only equipment. However, the aircraft can also be equipped with the ELTA-developed ELL-8212 ECM Pod, enabling effective electronic warfare capabilities.

Specifications:

  • Length: 14.8m
  • Height: 5.01m
  • Wingspan: 9.8m
  • Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-200
  • Max Speed: Mach 2.05
  • Service Ceiling: 15,240m (50,000ft)
  • Empty Weights: 7386kg (16,285lb)
  • Maximum takeoff Weights: 17010kg (37,500lb)
  • Radar: ELTA EL/M-2032
  • Countermeasures: 2x AN/ALE-40
  • Jammer: ELL-8212 ECM Pod
  • Targeting Pod: Litening TGP

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Armament:

  • AIM-9J/L/M
  • Python 3/4
  • Derby
  • Mark 82
  • Mark 83
  • Mark 84
  • AGM-65A/B/D Maverick
  • GRIFFIN III LGB
  • AGM-142 “Popeye”
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this aircraft is a nice, hidden gem, +1

Huge +1 from me!
I absolutely love these kinds of capability/avionics improvement programs and demonstrators!