Iraq: Lockheed Martin has delivered the first of 36 F-16 Block 52 aircraft to the Iraqi Air Force during a ceremony at its Fort Worth facility. Lockheed Martin is producing the F-16s under a contract from the US Department of Defense. The F-16s are being built in a configuration tailored to meet the specific requirements of the Iraqi Air Force, and the contract includes mission equipment and a support package provided by Lockheed Martin and other US and international contractors.
“Iraq joins 27 other nations around the world who depend on the F-16 Fighting Falcon to maintain peace and security. We are proud to play a role in the defense of a new democracy and look forward to strengthening our partnership with Iraq,” said Orlando Carvalho, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. This year the F-16 Fighting Falcon celebrates 40 years of evolution, and it remains the safest and most effective 4th generation multi-role fighter in the world. The F-16 will continue to be the backbone of the US Air Force for years to come, assuring proven support and sustainment throughout the life of Iraq’s F-16 programme. More than 4,540 F-16 aircraft have been delivered to date, and production is expected to continue through 2017, with major upgrades being incorporated for all F-16 versions.
Source: Lockheed Martin