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USAF purchases additional Lockheed Martin F-16s

January 3, 2001 (by Lieven Dewitte) - The U.S. Air Force has placed an order with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company for four additional F-16 aircraft that were funded in the Fiscal Year 2001 Defense Appropriations Act. The contract was finalized on Dec. 26, 2000.
The aircraft will deliver at one per month between October 2002 and January 2003. Contract value for Lockheed Martin is $47.5 million.

The aircraft will be block 50 F-16C models in the same configuration as the 10 ordered earlier last year in the FY 00 buy. Distinguishing features include modular mission computer, color displays and recording equipment, on-board oxygen generating system, and the APX-113 advanced electronic interrogator/transponder. These aircraft will also be common to the initial deliveries in the USAF's Block 40/50 fleetwide retrofit program called the F-16 Common Configuration Implementation Program.

With this latest purchase, there were 234 F-16s ordered worldwide during calendar year 2000. The total number of F-16s delivered and on firm order now stands at 4,285.