Errr, well you must consider this:
1) the number of F-16s flying worldwide
2) the fact that with a single engined aircaft, loss of power results in ejection and/or crash!
...there is also another thing to consider, when comparing with Russian/Soviet aircraft designs.
The US has always put much greater faith in their electronics than the USSR did, hence no mechanical back-ups where installed. Add to that the increasing technical complexity of modern software driven control systems and automated design, the 'issue/problem' may lie well up the design chain.
As Russian design is now entering into this type of design philosophy, they too should be wary of such things.
Case in point: The IAF Su-30MKI second batch are to be digital FBW aircraft. If an issue as small as fuel grade, can cause so much problem, a software issue could cause an aircraft loss.
To a paying customer this is not acceptable...
[Редактировалось Zed (01-09-2000 в 22:36).]