Watch: First Ever F-16 Win Using AIM-120 Missile
F-16 Fighting Falcon is US Air Force multirole fighter aircraft. Even though this fighter aircraft was first designed to use as an air superiority fighter, later it evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft. We all know a lot of stories about the F-16, but have you ever heard about the first ever win by an F-16 using an AIM-120 missile?
The AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile is an American beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile. This missile is made for any weather and day and night operations. It is 7 inches in diameter and it can achieve a max speed of 4,900 km/h.
This first-ever 120 AIM missile win day is so important because it was also the first aerial victory of the F-16 fighter aircraft. On December 27th of 1992, an Iraqi MiG-25 Foxbat violated a restricted airspace. As a result of the urgent call made after the violation of airspace, captain Gary North and his team of F-16 took off to respond to the incident.
When captain North identified the Foxbat, he requested clearance to fire. As soon as he heard the words,
“CLEARED TO KILL – BANDIT, BANDIT”,
he locked into the Iraqi MiG-25 and released his AIM-120 AMRAAM missiles. It was a precise kill and destroyed the MiG-25 completely. Captain North explained how he witnessed the target being destroyed.
“I saw three separate detonations, the nose and left wing broke instantly, and the tail section continued into the main body of the jet, and finally one huge fireball.”