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US Air Force massively convert obsolete F-16s into drones



The F-16 fighter was adopted by the U.S. Air Force in 1980. For 40 years, he has established himself as a universal multifunctional and most massive 4th generation fighter, which is in service with the Air Force of 25 countries. As of June 2018, 4604 aircraft of this model have already been built in the world.

By decision of the U.S. Air Force command, from 2010 some of the decommissioned F-16s were converted into drones, known today as the QF-16. According to Wired, this year 32 aircraft were removed from storage at the Davis-Montin Air Force Base, which were then modified using the Drone Peculiar Equipment kit developed by Boeing Corporation.

In addition to the existing flight connections, the Davis-Monten Air Force Base (Tucson, Arizona) also has the largest air fleet in the world - over 4,400 aircraft and 40 spaceships totaling $ 35 billion.

Thanks to Drone Peculiar Equipment, the F-16 can be turned into a UAV without any problems, in which the on-board computer performs the functions of a pilot. With it, the QF-16 can take off, land and perform complex aerial maneuvers. They are mainly used as air targets when firing air-to-air missiles.



However, if you install Skyborg software on a drone, it turns into an attack drone, which can act as a slave together with the manned F-22 or F-35.

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