The Egyptian Air Force received another four Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon jets on 29 October 2015. Flown by US Air Force pilots the four multi-role fighters landed on Cairo West Air Base after a 14 hour flight.
The Block 52 version aircraft are part of the dozen F-16C and D aircraft that Egypt ordered under the Peace Vector program, but that were withheld after the Egyptian military took over power in the North African country and pressed down hard on its protesting people. Continuation of the delivery was announced in Spring this year, when Washington changed its political stand.
US military and civilian personnel will provide follow-on maintenance and training for the Egyptian Air Force pilots and ground crews, the US Embassy in Cairo noted in a statement, “as part of the program that provided F-16s to Egypt for the last 30 years”.
The Egyptian Air Force’s substantial F-16 fleet will soon have 240 aircraft of Block 42 standard and higher. Older A and B models have been upgraded. Newer C and D versions are the most numerous.
© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image: An F-16D Fighting Falcon of the Egyptian Air Force (Image © US DoD)