[There must be something newer in MON site, than the 2008 article I presented as the first link, but unfortunately their web masters have not learned yet how to organize search through their database time-wise, starting from the newest articles. So the searches there are really mundane. When I have time, I'll try to find something appropriate from the year 2012.]
Summarizing the 2008 article, section 11:
1. As I said before: 1 malfunction per 12 hours on F-16 compared to 1 malfunction per 4-5 hours on Mig-29. Not bad, considering many factors.
2. According to reliability theory the intensity of malfunctions is high at the beginning of exploitation, then go down with time to some minimal plateau level and then starts growing up again when parts become worn. This is a so-called bathtub curve, since it looks like a cross section of the old fashioned tub. F-16 has about 200,000 parts. Think about it for a while.
3. Poland bought the newest version of F-16, so-called block 52+, not used by anyone before that. Some of the malfunctions are typical to initial/experimental exploitation. This is why the Polish-American team of experts decided to plan for three years of spare parts in advance, with extra margin provided.
4. Before accepting the delivery of any F-16 the Polish technicians went through about 80 pages of very detailed technical procedures. The more faults they initially found the better for the exploitation of the craft.
5. The package of spare parts, was prepared based on the experience of USAF and other users of F-16s. For that $123 millions were reserved. It was assumed that the last spare part would be used three years after the delivery of the last of the 48 Polish F-16s, that is around year 2011. That leads to $0.28 millions per single aircraft F-16 - again less than for MIG-29 and Su-22.There is also a lot to be said about so-called offset.
The offset agreement, concluded in 2003 with the company Lockheed Martin for the purchase of F-16 amounted to 6.028 billion dollars, or about 170 percent of delivery. After eight years, the ministry of the economy describes the contract as satisfactory.
Maintenance and repair of aircraft F-16 within the offset framework, including electrical, hydraulics and chassis, will be conducted in the WZL nr 2 (Military Aircraft Factory No. 2) in Bydgoszcz - announced the Ministry of Economy on Wednesday,
In May WZL No. 2 signed an agreement with Lockheed Martin Corporation regarding the transfer of technology and infrastructure for dry paint stripping and painting of the F-16s. The Bydgoszcz plant will receive technology of old paint removal and painting of these machines, as well as necessary equipment and machinery for this work. Lockheed also provides funding for the construction of the hangar for such work.
"The positive opinion of the Committee for Offset Agreements means for us the consent for another deal with Lockheed, which will allow us to carry out maintenance, repair and overhaul of aggregates and hydraulic, avionics, pneumatics and fuel system" - said spokesman for WZL No. 2, Piotr Rutkowski.
Offset Agreement between the Polish State Treasury and Lockheed Martin Corporation, regarding - inter alia - service support of F-16 aircraft, was signed on April 18, 2003. Its value is 6.028 billion dollars, and the contract expires in 2013.
2012-06-12, Poles in Red Flag exercise
More than 70 aircrafts took part in Red Flag exercise in Alaska, starting from Eielson near Fairbanks. Among them 6 (out of 8) Polish F-16C/D Block 52+.
[One F-16 had to stop at Boston to check on one of the malfunctioning systems (perhaps landing gear). Another F-16 kept it a company. They joined the rest few days later, but did not take part in the main exercise. Details here: 2012-05-24.
This was a big deal to be there, as the crafts could train with the real munition, which is not possible on this scale anywhere in Europe.
All Polish Air Force F-16 taking part in Red Flag are equipped with conformal tanks (block 52+), enabling them longer range, longer time spent in the air. Unlike traditional tanks hanged under the fuselage or the wings, the conformal tanks do not increase the aerodynamic drag. According to Polish pilots, their F-16s were the envy of other participants in the exercise - exactly because of these tanks. They could continue with their exercises when another aircrafts were running out of fuel. Thanks to that the Polish pilots could practice more tactical elements during one sortie.
How about 'It sure will be nice to have some F-16s which actually work
Something recent Harry here, just for you.
Today afternoon Polish F-16s from 32 BLT (32 Air Base in £ask) returned from British exercise MACE XIV. [There is one squadron #10 in £ask, with 13 F-16C and 3 F-16D (two-seaters)]
The seven-days exercise, which involved crew of 40 Poles, was held in the British Air Base in Leeming, UK - with dedicated proving ground in Spadeam. The goal of the exercise was to test effectiveness of the radar ground stations, part of the air defences, against Polish F-16 in a strictly specified time limit.
After realizing the risk of being tracked down the pilot performed defensive maneuvers, using self-defence measures in the form of flares and dipoles. After landing, during the debriefing, the effectiveness of the pilot's defensive maneuvers was also being assessed.