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Lockheed Martin and Royal Bahraini Air Force Celebrate Bahrain’s First F-16 Block 70 Jet

Our Bureau - : Mar 17, 2023 - : 10:34 am

Bahraini, American and Lockheed Martin officials recently gathered at at the company’s facility in Greenville, South Carolina, to celebrate the first F-16 Block 70 for the Royal Bahraini Air Force.

The F-16 Block 70 jet is the first of 16 jets for Bahrain, and took its first flight on Jan. 24, 2023. From here, it will begin additional flight tests at Edwards Air Force Base before arriving in Bahrain in 2024.

“With the Block 70 iteration, we are transforming 4th generation for the next generation for the Royal Bahraini Air Force and other partners and allies around the world,” said OJ Sanchez, vice president, Integrated Fighter Group,

Six countries have selected Block 70/72 aircraft. In addition to the current official backlog of 127 jets to-date to be built in Greenville, Jordan has signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for 12 jets and Lockheed Martin has received a contract to begin its long-lead activities. Bulgaria has also signed an LOA for an additional eight jets for its fleet. Once these are finalized, the backlog will increase to 147.

“The F-16 celebrated today was built by our talented, committed workforce in Greenville,” said Danya Trent, vice president, F-16 Programs and Greenville site leader. “We are proud to call Greenville the global home of the F-16 and look forward to continuing to produce jets serving missions around the world.”

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