The US F-16 fighter jets after operating for 6,000 hours will be sent to the “graveyard” Davis-Monthan, if “re-enlisted” they usually serve another 2,000 hours, but soon This number will skyrocket.
Lockheed Martin Corporation said that it plans to carry out a program to upgrade the fuselage to help extend the service life of the light fighter F-16 Fighting Falcon from the current 6,000 flight hours to 12,000 hours.
It is estimated that the US Air Force can upgrade 300 F-16s of the Block 40 version to the Block 70 standard with the above-mentioned reinforcement of the fuselage, this number of F-16s will serve until 2040, or even more.
The test results of Lockheed Martin confirmed that the F-16 still works well even after flying for more than 16,000 hours. However, to achieve this result, the aircraft needs to be upgraded so deeply that it is almost new production.
After simplifying the process, a representative of Lockheed Martin said that the US Air Force’s F-16 fighter, if it undergoes major overhaul and repair, will increase its operating time to 12,000 flight hours, this is a figure that shows more reasonable.
To see how impressive this number is, compare it with some Soviet/Russian-made fighter aircraft, according to Sukhoi Corporation data, the life span of the Su-27SK/ UBK only reached 2,000 hours.