New Demand for F-16s

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Unread post14 Sep 2020, 16:03

Lockheed: New Demand for F-16s Could Push Type Past 5,000 Mark
Sept. 11, 2020 | By John A. Tirpak


After nearly shutting down production several times, Lockheed Martin is getting a surge of orders for the F-16. With a current backlog of 130 jets, and several countries on the cusp of making orders, the company sees a possibility of surpassing the 5,000th airplane of the type, Lockheed Martin Executive Vice President of Aeronautic Michele A. Evans said Sept. 9.

“We’re seeing a … resurgence of the F-16 business,” Evans said in an interview with Air Force Magazine. The company is producing Block 70 Falcons for Bahrain, Bulgaria, and Slovakia at its Greenville, S.C., plant, where it moved the F-16 line last year, freeing up space at its Fort Worth, Texas, plant for the F-35 production line.

“We’re up to about 4,600 aircraft delivered and can see possibly getting up to 5,000,” Evans said.

Production is ramping up to four aircraft a month at Greenville, which has increased its workforce to 400 employees, she noted. It is also operating under an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity Air Force contract to supply F-16s to Morocco and Taiwan and potential future or repeat customers. The IDIQ vehicle will streamline and speed up contracting so there is a “base configuration” of aircraft to be built, “and then we propose only the unique capabilities for each country,” in the form of specific sensors or capabilities, she said. “We then just negotiate that contract with those countries.”

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Unread post14 Sep 2020, 22:20

Some new F-16V for the USAF would be cool :)

As production has passed 4604 as of June 2018, with the 130 in backlog that should take it to 4730+, only missing ~270+ to pass 5000 then :D :devil:
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Unread post15 Sep 2020, 04:08

There were 5097 Phantoms built by McD and 138 built by Mitsubishi for a grand total of 5195.

Would be cool if the Falcon would pass up the Phantom.
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