U.S. military aid to Jordan is expected to go up to $75 million in 1998 from $31 million in 1997, partly to cover the maintenance of 16 F-16 fighter planes the kingdom will get this year -- part of an over $300 million military modernization deal.
The Turkish air force is seeking to buy 40 US-made F-16 fighter aircraft in response to a Greek decision to purchase similar sophisticated warplanes.
Round one in a competition between Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co for a $2 billion Israeli fighter jet order begins next month when the two submit initial offers.
Pakistan is considering taking the United States to court to get 28 contracted F-16 fighter planes or the $658 million it paid for them.
A European Participating Air Force F-16 made history with the successful launch of an AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) at Eglin AFB, FL, on December 12. The aircraft was a Danish F-16B assigned to the F-16 Combined Test Force, Edwards AFB, CA, that is one of the test platforms in the F-16A/B Mid-Life Update (MLU) program.
A new country, culture, and a one-of-a-kind job await a Hill officer halfway around the world. Maj. James Hedges, 388th Fighter Wing F-16 pilot, departed the United States recently; his destination, the country of Jordan in the Middle East.
At a recent airshow in Venezuela, a FAVF-16 was shown equipped with a Litening pod - the Israeli counterpart of the Lantirn pods. Precision-guided munitions are also part of the deal and will arrive with the remainder of the Litening pods.
Turkey has decided to increase its Popeye precision-guided, long-range missile order from Israel from 100 to 200. The missiles can becarried by both Turkish F-16s and upgradedF-4s.
Six Diyarbakir-based F-16s jets hit suspected Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) positions in the remote Khwakurk region of Iraq on Monday 8 December. The air offensive is backed up by10, 000 Turkish troops who are joining the KDP (Kurdistan Democratic Party)and thousands of Turkish soldiers already campaigning against the PKK, which uses the area to strike into Turkey. "
According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Lockheed Martin wants to buy the state-owned Israeli Aircraft Industries. Lockheed Martin is particularly interested in IAI's ability to upgrade F-16 fighter jets, which the US firm manufactures. The president of the US company, Norman Augustine, expressed interest in purchasing the Israeli aerospace giant during a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last month. IAI has been struggling financially in recent years and due to a severe cash flow problem and may fall behind on upcoming salaries for 13, 500workers.
Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems of Ft. Worth and Tracor Systems of Austin announced on Wednesday November 26th that they were teaming up to develop several drone aircraft, including a pilotless F-16.
The USAF recently purchased 21 MiG-29's from Moldova, in order to prevent their acquisition by Iran. It is believed the aircraft will be put to good use in DACT (Dissimilar Air Combat Training) exercises. Most airframes are Fulcrum-Cs, although some -Bs and -As were also purchased. The -C models are capable of nuclear delivery and will be thoroughly examined at Wright-Patterson before beginning operations late next year. It is expected that the MiG-29s will replace some of the F-16s currently used in the aggressor role.
General Electric has committed itself to funding development of the F110-GE-129 Enhanced Fighter Engine (EFE) to full flight qualification, currently scheduled for December 1999. The EFE program is not currently funded by the US Department of Defense. To meet the needs of all F-15 and F-16 users (USAF and international), GE will develop a 129 retrofit program to incorporate EFE technology in existing and new-production engines.
Bahrain finally decided to buy 8new Lockheed Martin Block 40 F-16 C/D aircraft, with an option for four more, rather than purchase 2nd-hand A/B models that were also offered by the US. The deal is subject to US release of some technology associated with the aircraft, and the request is currently under review.
General Electric Aircraft Engines has launched a program to manufacture an improved engine, meant to be installed in aircraft competing for the next Israeli purchase of US combat airplanes.