Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Fighting Falcon

in Royal Bahraini Air Force Service

History

Eight F-16C Block 40 fighters and four F-16D Block 40 two-seat trainers ordered in March 1987 (Letter of Agreement signed) under programme Peace Crown I. The first aircraft was accepted in the USA in March 1990 and arrived in Bahrain in May 1990. The remaining aircraft were delivered by September 1990. An additional four were offered by the US in mid 1988, but not accepted. After considering refurbished surplus USAF F-16A/B aircraft, a Letter of Offer and Acceptance for ten more single-seat F-16C Block 40 (not Block 50) aircraft was signed in April 1998, under Peace Crown II. The first aircraft was handed over by Lockheed Martin on 22 June 2000. Deliveries commenced in late 2000. Options on two more aircraft were included in the deal. The new aircraft were the same Block 40 configuration as the aircraft from Peace Crown I, with the addition of new equipment items. These included a color cockpit TV system, APG-68(V)8 radar, LANTIRN targeting pod and AIM-120 advanced medium range air-to-air missile (AMRAAM) capability. Both batches are General Electric F110-GE-100 powered. The first batch aircraft are to be upgraded with APG-68(V)8 radars to allow the use of AMRAAM by the entire F-16 fleet. Used by 1st and 2nd Fighter Squadrons for interceptor fighter duties. (Note correct US serials for Peace Crown II aircraft, not as printed in some sources).

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
101 AC1 90-0028 1990  
103 AC2 90-0029 1990  
105 AC3 90-0030 1990  
107 AC4 90-0031 1990  
109 AC5 90-0032 1990  
111 AC6 90-0033 1990  
113 AC7 90-0034 1990  
115 AC8 90-0035 1990  
150 AD1 90-0036 1990 F-16D
152 AD2 90-0037 1990 F-16D
154 AD3 90-0038 Apr 1990 F-16D
156 AD4 90-0039 1990 F-16D
201 AC9 98-2021 Oct 2000  
202 AC10 98-2022 Oct 2000  
203 AC11 98-2023 Oct 2000  
204 AC12 98-2024 Oct 2000 w/o 23 Sept 2004
205 AC13 98-2025 Oct 2000  
206 AC14 98-2026 2000  
207 AC15 98-2027 2000  
208 AC16 98-2028 2001  
209 AC17 98-2029 2001  
210 AC18 98-2030 2001  

Pictures


F-16C 115 (photo, Eric Stijger via Code One)

More Information

References

  • Lockheed Martin press release June 22, 2000
  • World Air Power Journal Vol 3 Autumn 1990 p.5
  • World Air Power Journal Vol 5 Spring 1991 p.100
  • World Air Power Journal Vol 24 Spring 1996 p.122
  • World Air Power Journal Vol 26 Autumn 1996 p.112-113
  • World Air Power Journal Vol 31 Winter 1997 p.10
  • World Air Power Journal Vol 34 Autumn 1998 p.7
  • World Air Power Journal Vol 35 Winter 1998 p.8
  • World Air Forces Directory 2004/05 (Mach III)
  • World Air Forces Directory 2009/10 (Mach III)
  • F-16.net

Other Sources

To be added.