Modern incarnations of the F-16, such as the Block 70/72, F-16I and F-16IQ appear to incorporate many modern technologies. These aircraft are also rather different from the original F-16A, being heavier and more of an all-round fighter than a dedicated air superiority aircraft.
With heavy wing loading and a heavier aircraft overall, why was it considered to drop incorporating thrust vectoring into the F-16, to retain more of its dogfighting capability? This is hardly new technology to the F-16, considering the VISTA first flew in 1992.
This appears especially interesting considering highly maneuverable opponents such as the emerging J-20, Su-57; but also older fourth generation aircraft. The Typhoon, Rafale, Su-37, J-10, and others, are all roughly in the same ballpark as the more modern (heavier) F-16s, correct me if I'm wrong.
Does this indicate that dogfighting is a thing of the past? How can this be, considering that the F-22 was designed to be supermaneuverable? This appears to be a contradiction to me.