F-16 Fighting Falcon News

Lockheed Martin to retrofit Omani F-16s in a $94.7M deal

October 16, 2012 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $94.7 million contract to retrofit a dozen F-16 jets from the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO). The deal was administered through Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio while work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas.

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RAFO F-16C block 50 #810 and #811 from 18 sqn are flying over the desert. [RAFO photo]

The completion date is planned for May 16, 2016.

Located on the Strait of Hormuz, Oman has spent heavily over the last year to upgrade its F-16s. In June, Lockheed won a $23 million contract to equip the jets with their Sniper targeting pods.

That upgrade followed a March deal with Northrop to upgrade the radars on the fighters, and a June announcement that it intends to purchase a block of Sidewinder missiles from Raytheon Missile Systems.

Earlier this month Lockheed Martin was awarded a contract valued up to $1.85 billion to initiate the upgrade of 145 block 20 F-16A/B aircraft for the Republic of China.

Lockheed Martin has also received a $23 million contract from Oman to provide additional Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP) for their F-16 fleet.




Additional images:

Tail detail of RAFO F-16C block 50 #818 which landed at Trapani-Birgi AB for refueling on delivery directly from Lockeed Martin on October 25th, 2006. [Photo by Alessandro Palantrani]

RAFO F-16D block 50 #803 has just touched down on the Thumraid AB runway concluding its delivery flight. [F-16.net photo]