F-16 Fighting Falcon News

Portugal to sell 12 of its 40 F-16s

June 15, 2006 (by Rafael Henriques) - The Portuguese government will sell 12 F-16's, and some other defense equipment like Puma and Alouette II helicopters.

PoAF F16BM #15139 photographed at. Monte Real AB on October 7th, 2005. [Photo by Jorge Ruivo]

For all this equipment Portugal hopes to receive 290 million euros.

Of the actual 40 Portuguese Air Force (PoAF) F-16s (two units with 20 F-16s each), Portugal wishes to keep only 28 F-16's (two units with 14 F-16's each).

Before the F-16 go to the market they will receive the Mid-life Update (MLU).

Additional images:

PoAF F-16A block 15 #15116 is seen flying a display at Monte Real AB on September 26th, 2005. [Photo by Jorge Ruivo]

PoAF F-16A Block 15 #15109 banking over Monte Real AB on January 26th, 2005. This photo is dedicated to all the pilots of 201 Squadron "Falcões". [Photo by Jorge Ruivo]

PoAF F-16A block 15 #15107 belongs to 201 Sqn based at Monte Real seen here visiting Aalborg AB during a Clean Hunter exercise on June 23rd, 2003. [Airliners.net photo by Erik Frikke]