AuthorUS military Technology
Revealed: This is how Israel modified F-16s for its unique needs
For instance, while the United States Air Force uses only 370-gallon drop tanks on the F-16, the Israelis use 600-gallon tanks, adding 62 percent more fuel to the external tankage. The Israelis also turned the F-16Ds, normally used as conversion trainers, into precision-strike specialist planes. Israeli planes are also equipped with lots of Israeli-designed electronic gear, usually for electronic warfare. These hacks have a price - Israeli Vipers are heavier and require modifications to their landing gear. Despite buying a custom version of the F-15E Strike Eagle, called the F-15I, Israel has opted to stick with their own F-16I won, and not just because its capabilities have been forged by combat use. The F-16I is an advanced cheaper than the F-15I. Although Israel is among the countries that will acquire the F-35 Lightning, the F-16 will be around for a long time as a key asset for the Israeli Defense Force.