Why does the F-16 last so long? What are the advantages of the F-16 compared to the Mirage 2000 and MiG-29 (Mark Time and Space Program Group)
[The Epoch Times, November 11, 2023]Among the light fighter jets designed in the 1970s, only the F-16 family is still in production and in large-scale service. The Mirage 2000 and MiG-29 of the same era have basically been eliminated or are on the verge of elimination. So why does the F-16 endure so long?
Compared with the Mirage 2000 and MiG-29, the F-16 has advantages in technological innovation, engines, avionics systems, weapon diversity and cost of use. This is why it has continued to improve after more than 40 years and has always had advantages. Important reason for the order.
Compared with the F-16 and IDF, the Mirage 2000 has the highest climb rate and better mid- and high-altitude performance. It is very suitable for use as a homeland defense interceptor and can quickly take off to intercept Communist aircraft attacks. Therefore, it has always been relied on by the Taiwan Air Force. However, Mirage fighters have a fairly high crash rate. About 10% of Taiwan’s Mirage fighters crash in flight, while the F-16 is much lower in this regard. In terms of operating costs, the F-16 has more obvious advantages.
Poland and Slovakia have already provided part of their MiG-29 assistance to Ukraine. While Ukraine expresses its gratitude, it still hopes that the West will provide assistance for the F-16. Compared with the F-16, the MiG-29 is fast and has good turning performance, but its shortcomings are also obvious. The MiG-29 has a short range, very backward navigation, radar, and avionics systems, and poor controllability. These are important reasons why the MiG-29 is facing retirement.
Although the F-16 is a low-profile version of the U.S. Air Force, it adopts many technological innovations, including negative stability design, fly-by-wire flight control, variable camber wings, wing edge and wing body fusion technology, and frameless bubbles Cockpit, etc., these technologies were epoch-making designs at the time, which also laid a solid foundation for the F-16.
Video content also includes:
• Mirage 2000 vs F-16
• MiG-29 vs F-16
• Take stock of the technical advantages of the F-16
• What models are there for F-16?
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