Lock­heed de­liv­ers fi­nal three F-16s to Morocco


Three Block 52 F-16s for the Royal Moroc­can Air Force line up for take-off for the fi­nal de­liv­ery flight to Morocco on Au­gust 22, 2012, from NAS Fort Worth JRB. The King­dom of Morocco pur­chased the air­craft in 2008. The sale in­cluded the air­craft, mis­sion equip­ment, sup­port equip­ment, and a spares and tech­ni­cal sup­port pack­age.

Morocco is the 25th na­tion to op­er­ate the F-16. an Ilyushin Il-78 tanker ac­com­pa­nied by a Su-25UB air­craft.

T-50-2, Sukhoi’s sec­ond pro­to­type, is un­der­go­ing a range of flight tri­als to test the new plane’s flight en­ve­lope in sub­sonic and su­per­sonic regimes and in dif­fer­ent con­fig­u­ra­tions.

The first pro­to­type, T-50-1, is be­ing pre­pared for a flight test pro­gramme in­volv­ing flight at su­per-crit­i­cal an­gles of at­tack and su­per-ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity. Flight tests of the T-50-3 with a unique on-board ac­tive phased ar­ray radar sys­tem were started ear­lier this month.

In the course of the ground and flight tests of the T-50-3 pro­to­type the radar “airto-air” and “air-to-sur­face” test modes in the first ex­per­i­ments demon­strated a sta­ble and ef­fec­tive per­for­mance com­pa­ra­ble with the most ad­vanced ex­ist­ing radar sys­tems. The fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of these ca­pa­bil­i­ties was con­firmed. The op­ti­cal chan­nels tests have be­gun.

The radar de­vel­oped by the Moscow­based Tikhomirov Sci­en­tific Re­search In­sti­tute of In­stru­ment De­sign al­lows to in­crease the tar­get de­tec­tion range in si­mul­ta­ne­ous air-to-air and air-to-sur­face modes, recog­nise and clas­sify group and sin­gle tar­gets, and si­mul­ta­ne­ously at­tack sev­eral tar­gets with pre­ci­sion-guided weapons, and per­form elec­tronic war­fare func­tions.

A fourth T-50 will join the test pro­gramme later this year.

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