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New Zealand F-16A/B Block 15 OCU/MLU

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When doing sum research about the proposed Kahu II upgade for the RNZAF A-4K fleet I found some good info on the New Zealand F-16 deal that nearly was in the late 1990s/early 2000s. I decided to make as accurate 'what if' version I could.

Ive used the Mirage factory F-16A/B Block 15 OCU model which is the version we would have received as they were built for Pakistan but embargoed and put in storage.

I added a A-4K style UHF antenna just behind the refueling receptical.

I've left the weapons the same as used by the upgraded A-4K fleet except for the addition of the Litening targeting pod and Harpoon ASM which were going to be procured along side the aircraft. Since the RNZAFs primary role is close air support it was unlikely any extra money was going to be spent on any radar guided missile such as the AIM-120 as their air-to-air role was seen as one of primarily self defence.

The terms of the deal included a Mid Life Upgrade at the end of the 10 year lease period when we would have purchased the aircraft. As part of the MLU I have included the integration of the AIM-9X as it stands to reason that the RNZAFs AIM-9L models would have been considered to be going out of date by 2009.

Also on the MLU aircraft are ALQ-131 ECM pods which there were provisions for in the original terms of the lease but most likely would have been pushed out to the time of the MLU because of the extra costs.

 

F-16A Block 15 OCU in the Pakistani camouflage scheme the aircraft were already painted in:

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All over grey paint job that is used on all current RNZAF aircraft since around 2003:gallery_59028_683_35383.jpg

 

F-16B Block 15 OCU:

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High- viz No. 75 Squadron Commanding Officers mount:

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F-16AM Block 15 OCU (After the Mid Life Upgrade 2009/10ish) Small 'M" on the top of the tail fin and 'F-16 Viper' logo on the intake are to differentiate the MLU aircraft from the un-upgraded aircraft during the upgrading phase. Pilot also now has Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) to go with the AIM-9X:

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Retro A-4K Skyhawk all over green paint job:

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High- viz No. 75 Squadron Commanding Officers mount:

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Pylon Intergrated Dispensing System (PIDS) included as part of the MLU:

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F-16BM Block 15 OCU- This is the first of the MLU aircraft and is in a special paint scheme:

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F-16BM Block 15 OCU line bird:

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F-16BM Block 15 OCU in special All Blacks supporters scheme for the 2011 Rugby World Cup- which we won might I add Spinners if your reading this lol

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F-16BM Block 15 OCU in A-4K style SEA retro scheme:

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F-16A/B Block 15 OCU cockpit:

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And F-16AM/BM Block 15 OCU cockpit after the Mid Life Upgrade:

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Cheers guys, to be honest these F-16 are a mix match between the best parts of all the F-16 mods available with a few new/modified/enhanced skins of my own. Iv'e also re written most of the data .ini and avionics.ini files with updated data from the net especially when it comes to the performance of the radar after the MLU update.

In terms of the game their broken down into 4 specific aircraft:

-AircraftFullName=F-16A Blk 15 OCU RNZAF (What if?)

-AircraftFullName=F-16B Blk 15 OCU RNZAF (What if?)

-AircraftFullName=F-16AM Blk 15 MLU RNZAF (What if?)

-AircraftFullName=F-16BM Blk 15 MLU RNZAF (What if?)

I gave the A models the serial numbers NZ6301 through to NZ6313 and the B models NZ6314 through to NZ6322

Looks good Dan

 

Glad I can contribute with the PAK skin...

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Cheers guys. An updated Mirage Factory F-16A Block 15 OCU model is in the works so I've been asked not to release this but I probably will when the new F-16 is out. Here is a couple of Kiwi F-16 fighters conducting CAS near Kandahar in 2004/05 their weapons load is based on what the RNZAF had in its inventory and what RAF CAS Harrier pairs were using around that time. Iv'e put a targeting pod and two GBU-16 1000Ib laser guided bombs on one aircraft and a Targeting pod, two air burst Mk.82 Snakeye's (set to 4.572m) plus a LAU-3 rocket pod on the other aircraft.

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RNZAF Aggressor F-16AM Block 15 OCU over Queenstown, Skin is based on the Indonesian F-16 camogallery_59028_683_149211.jpg

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For the love of all that is holy, please tell me you're going to release these outstanding aircraft! :good: :good: :good:

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It’s all ready to be released but unfortunately an updated Mirage Factory F-16A Block 15 OCU model is in the works so I've been asked not to release this until they’ve released the new model sorry. Here is the above tail art on an operational aircraft:

For the love of all that is holy, please tell me you're going to release these outstanding aircraft! :good: :good: :good:

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Great "what if" (though this one came very close to the real thing). Especially like the MLU pit !!!:good: AND the PIDS pylons.......

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Upgrading the old TMF F-16 models with the excellent ones done recently by the Viper Team. I’m using the F-16AM_DEN.LOD with the searchlight removed for the Kiwi F-16AM Block 15 MLU. For the Kiwi pre MLU F-16A Block 15 OCU I'm still using the same F-16AM_DEN.LOD but with all the MLU upgrade nodes removed etc. I’ve also been able to make a new high res all over grey skin with the templates that have been released:

 

 

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