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Lockheed delivers 4500th F-16

written by australianaviation.com.au | April 5, 2012
Morocco has ordered 24 F-16s. (Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin has delivered the 4500th F-16 Fighting Falcon, a Block 52 aircraft destined for Morocco.

In production since 1975, the F-16 has been selected as a front-line fighter by 26 countries. Lockheed currently has 70 unfilled F-16 orders that will keep its Fort Worth, Texas production line open until at least 2016. That includes orders from Turkey, Morocco, Egypt, Oman and Iraq.

Originally designed as a light and highly manoeuvrable air superiority fighter, the F-16 has evolved into a multirole attack plane and has undergone numerous upgrades over the years. The jet was produced by General Dynamics until 1993, when General Dynamics sold its aircraft manufacturing business to Lockheed.

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The US Air Force recently announced plans to upgrade 300 of its F-16s and plans to keep the fighters in service through at least 2025 as they are phased out in favour of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, also built by Lockheed.

Lockheed hopes F-16 production will eventually overtake that of the Vietnam-era F-4 Phantom II, of which 5195 were built, which would make it the second most produced US jet fighter, after the F-86 Sabre.

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Lockheed delivers 4500th F-16

written by australianaviation.com.au | April 5, 2012
Morocco has ordered 24 F-16s. (Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin has delivered the 4500th F-16 Fighting Falcon, a Block 52 aircraft destined for Morocco.

In production since 1975, the F-16 has been selected as a front-line fighter by 26 countries. Lockheed currently has 70 unfilled F-16 orders that will keep its Fort Worth, Texas production line open until at least 2016. That includes orders from Turkey, Morocco, Egypt, Oman and Iraq.

Originally designed as a light and highly manoeuvrable air superiority fighter, the F-16 has evolved into a multirole attack plane and has undergone numerous upgrades over the years. The jet was produced by General Dynamics until 1993, when General Dynamics sold its aircraft manufacturing business to Lockheed.

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The US Air Force recently announced plans to upgrade 300 of its F-16s and plans to keep the fighters in service through at least 2025 as they are phased out in favour of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, also built by Lockheed.

Lockheed hopes F-16 production will eventually overtake that of the Vietnam-era F-4 Phantom II, of which 5195 were built, which would make it the second most produced US jet fighter, after the F-86 Sabre.

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