F-35 Lightning II vs F-16E Fighting Falcon BLOCK 60

F-35 Lightning II vs F-16E Fighting Falcon BLOCK 60

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Flight Cost Per Hour

PER HOUR - F-35PER HOUR - F-16E

Overall and BVR ratings

CATEGORY F-35 LIGHTNING 2 F-16E/F BLOCK 60
BVR Rating 94% 78%
Armament 8.6/10 7.9/10
Technology 9.5/10 9.0/10
Avionics 9.0/10 9.0/10
Maneuverability 8.5/10 7.9/10
Rate of Climb max. 230 m/s – 45k ft/min max. 254 m/s – 50k ft/min
Thrust/Weight 1.07 1.11
Service Ceiling 20 km – 65k ft 15 km – 50k ft
Speed 1.60 Mach 2.00 Mach
Fuel Economy 0.80 km/l – 1.68 NM/gallon 0.91 km/l – 2.13 NM/gallon
Unit Cost 180.000.000 USD 35.000.000 USD
Overall Rating excellent very good

BVR (Beyond Visual Range) Ratings

CATEGORY F-35 LIGHTNING 2 F-16E/F BLOCK 60
BVR AAM missile MBDA Meteor AIM-120 AMRAAM
AAM origin NATO USA
Year in 2013 in 1997
Range (mile) 62 45
Range (km) 100 75
Speed (mph) 2640 2640
Speed (km/h) 4248 4248
Radar AN/APG-81 AESA AN/APG-80
Radar overall rating excellent excellent
BVR Technology 92% 82%
BVR Def. Tech. 95% 77%
RCS – Radar Cross Section 0.005-0.3 0.5-1.5

Dogfight (close to medium range) Ratings

CATEGORY F-35 LIGHTNING 2 F-16E/F BLOCK 60
Cannon GAU-22/A M61A1 Vulcan
Caliber (mm) 20 mm 20 mm
Rate of Fire (rpm) 4200 rpm 6000 rpm
Muzzle Velocity 1000 m/s 1050 m/s
Size Point 10%-30% 20% 30%
Maneuverability 8,5 7,9
Thrust/Weight Ratio 1,07 1,11
AAM (first) AIM-9X AIM-7 Sparrow
Operational range 0.2 – 50 km 0.2 – 50 km
AAM (second) IRIS-T IRIS-T
Operational range 0.5 – 30 km 0.5 – 30 km
Dogfight Rating 70% 58%

Size Comparison

CATEGORY F-35 LIGHTNING 2 F-16E/F BLOCK 60
Length 15.6 m – 50.0 ft 15.0 m – 49 ft 4 in
Wingspan 10.7 m – 35 ft 0 in 9.45 m – 31 ft 0 in
Wing area 42.0 m² – 460 sq ft 28.0 m² – 300 sq ft
Height 4.33 m – 14.2 ft 5.1 m – 16 ft 8 in
Weight 13,200 kg – 30,2k lb 10,000 kg – 22,1k lb
Power 1 x 190 kN – 43k lbf 1 x 145 kN 32k lbf

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