An Egyptian Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft crashed in North Sinai on Jan. 14 killing the pilot, the military said.
According to reports, the aircraft crashed near the town of Rafah while on a training exercise. The pilot deceased in the crash was identified as Hisham Hasani.
The Egyptian Air Force operates around 220 F-16s procured under the PEACE VECTOR program, making it the 4th largest F-16 operator in the world. The F-16 is the EAF’s primary frontline aircraft and is used for both air defence and ground attack missions.
The General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon is a single-engine supersonic multirole fighter aircraft originally developed by General Dynamics (its aviation unit is now part of Lockheed Martin) for the U.S. Air Force (USAF).
Designed as an air superiority day fighter, it evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft.
Over 4,600 aircraft have been built since production was approved in 1976. Although no longer being purchased by the U.S. Air Force, improved versions are being built for export customers.