First Iraqi Air Force F-16 delivered

In the spotlight: the first Iraqi F-16. (Image © Lockheed Martin)

The Iraqi Air Force took delivery of the first of 36 Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 52 aircraft on Thursday 5 June 2014 during a ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas. The first Iraqi F-16 performed its first flight in May.

Lockheed Martin is producing the F-16s under a contract from the U.S. Department of Defense. The F-16s are being built in a configuration tailored to meet the specific requirements of the Iraqi Air Force, and the contract includes mission equipment and a support package provided by Lockheed Martin and other U.S. and international contractors.

This year the F-16 Fighting Falcon celebrates 40 years of evolution, and it remains the safest and most effective 4th generation multi-role fighter in the world. The F-16 will continue to be the backbone of the U.S. Air Force for years to come, assuring proven support and sustainment throughout the life of Iraq’s F-16 program. More than 4,540 F-16 aircraft have been delivered to date, and production is expected to continue through 2017, with major upgrades being incorporated for all F-16 versions.

Source: Lockheed Martin

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