Lockheed Martin given contract to produce 16 F-16Vs for RBAF

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Unread post25 Jun 2018, 01:56

The newly-established F-16 production line in Greenville, South Carolina will soon be churning out F-16Vs for the Royal Bahraini Air Force. The production contract worth $1.1 billion was awarded by the Pentagon to Lockheed Martin on Jun. 22. The work is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2023, according to Release No: CR-119-18.


https://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/ ... vDelivery/
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Unread post25 Jun 2018, 02:47

The Strategical Journal posted this drawing of the Block 70. What I thought was a dual AMRAAM launcher is actually a TRIPLE launcher!! Anyone heard anything about this?
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Unread post25 Jun 2018, 03:32

The F-16V could easily take over for the F-15C in the Air Superiority Role in ANG Service. That is until the USAF can purchase enough F-35's...
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Unread post25 Jun 2018, 12:08

ruderamronbo wrote:The Strategical Journal posted this drawing of the Block 70. What I thought was a dual AMRAAM launcher is actually a TRIPLE launcher!! Anyone heard anything about this?


Yes is on the Spec for the Indian Block 70 proposal:

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=54088

Interesting to see if anyone else takes it up
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Unread post25 Jun 2018, 16:10

Lockheed news article

Lockheed Martin eceived a $1.12 billion contract from the U.S. government to produce 16 new F-16 Block 70 aircraft for the Royal Bahraini Air Force. The Undefinitized Contract Action award represents the first F-16 Block 70 sale and the first F-16 production program to be performed in Greenville, South Carolina.

The Kingdom of Bahrain is the first customer to procure the F-16 Block 70, the newest and most advanced F-16 production configuration.

"We value our long-standing relationship with the Kingdom of Bahrain and look forward to beginning production activities on their first Block 70 aircraft at our facility in Greenville," said Susan Ouzts, vice president of Lockheed Martin's F-16 Program. "This sale highlights the significant, growing demand we see for new production F-16s around the globe."

Lockheed Martin expects F-16 production to create between 150 and 200 new jobs in Greenville. F-16 production also supports hundreds of U.S.-based Lockheed Martin engineering, procurement, sustainment and customer support jobs and thousands of U.S. supplier jobs. The F-16 supply chain is currently supported by 450 U.S. suppliers in 42 states.

The F-16 Block 70 features advanced avionics, a proven Active Electronically Scanned Array radar, a modernized cockpit, advanced weapons, conformal fuel tanks, an automatic ground collision avoidance system, an advanced engine and an industry-leading extended structural service life of 12,000 hours.

The combat-proven F-16 continues to prove itself as the world's most successful, combat-proven multi-role fighter. To date, 4,604 F-16s have been procured by 28 customers around the world. Approximately 3,000 operational F-16s are flying today with 25 leading air forces, including the U.S. Air Force.

Source: https://news.lockheedmartin.com/2018-06 ... 0002856377
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Unread post25 Jun 2018, 22:54

Only have to produce about 600 more to pass the Phantom....................
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Unread post26 Jun 2018, 03:16

An F-16 with 10 air to air missiles and an AESA radar would provide a level of capability that starts to encroach upon the Eagle, Flanker, Super Hornet and a number of other air superiority fighters. I suppose we could have had that capability in the F-16 all along, but the Air Force probably purposefully handicapped it for years, so as to not harm F-15 procurement. It is interesting how this capability suddenly pops up now that the F-15C/D future is looking kind of cloudy.

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