Lockheed Martin initially created and distributed the F-16 Block 70/72.


Lockheed Martin rolled out the first F-16 Block 70/72 aircraft this week from its Greenville, South Carolina, production line.

The fighter completed final assembly, checkout, and painting at Greenville on November 21 and is expected to undergo flight trials at Edwards Air Force Base, California, early next year.

The F-16 Viper is one of 16 the company is building for Bahrain as part of a $1.1-billion contract signed in 2018.

The Gulf nation is expected to receive the first batch of four Block 70/72s by the first half of 2024 and the last by 2025, Breaking Defense revealed, citing a Bahrain air force official.

Lockheed Martin Rolls Out First F-16 Block 70/72

The delivery has been delayed by around two years due to pandemic-related production problems, the outlet added.

128 Jets to be Built for Five Nations
The Greenville factory is geared to increase its production rate to up to four aircraft per month to cater to a demand for at least 128 F-16s through this decade, Air and Space Forces Magazine reported, citing a company spokesperson.

Five nations have ordered the aircraft, including Bahrain, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Taiwan, and an unspecified country. The backlog could swell to 136 if Jordan’s expected order of eight aircraft is included, the outlet added.

Lockheed Martin Rolls Out First F-16 Block 70/72

Advanced Features
The Block 70/72 features a suite of “advanced avionics, proven Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, modernized cockpit with new safety features, advanced weᴀponѕ, conformal fuel tanks, [and] an improved performance engine,” according to Lockheed.

The model’s structural service life of 12,000 hours is reportedly 50 percent more than previous versions, enabling the aircraft to fly until the 2060s.Lockheed Martin Rolls Out First F-16 Block 70/72

Northrop Grumman’s APG-83 AESA radar leverages hardware and software commonality with F-22 and F-35 AESA radars, providing the aircraft with “fifth generation fighter radar capabilities,” Lockheed claims. The company explained that the radar gives the fighter greater situational awareness, flexibility, and faster all-weather targeting capabilities.

Moreover, the radar is linked with a new active and passive internal electronic warfare system (Viper Shield), incorporating a new digital radar warning receiv


Related Posts

Tender Moments in the wіɩd: Capturing Heartwarming Photographs of Elephant Babies at Play ‎

Managing playful skirmishes among rowdy toddlers is a timeless сһаɩɩeпɡe for many mothers, a sentiment echoed by a female elephant ѕtгᴜɡɡɩіпɡ to maintain order among her brood…

NASA’s Voyager 1 is in serious trouble and is sending back data in 1s and 0s that are indecipherable

The probe, which has been essential to our understanding of the outer regions of the Solar System, is currently experiencing communication problems, leaving NASA engineers facing a…

At the border, a brave elephant saves pets from imminent death

Once there was an energetic elephant naмed Ananda, who liʋed in the jungles of Africa. One afternoon, as Ananda was juмping across the green grass lined with…

“The baby elephant started crying”: After learning that his mother and family had passed away, the distraught young elephant sobbed for several hours while traveling by plane.

Bυpe was traпsported by airplaпe to his пew herd (Pictυre: Game Raпgers Iпterпatioпal) A baby elephaпt eпdυred пearly two hoυrs oп a fɩіɡһt so he coυld be rehomed with…

Ten years after losing his mother, the appreciative lion cub continues to give warm embraces, demonstrating his unwavering commitment.

Doziпg iп a mother’s lap, eyes half-closed, or throwiпg their arms aroυпd a father’s shoυlders iп a great hυg — every child craves a pareпt’s affectioп. For…

The endearing tale of a baby elephant’s bath time escapade.

Iп the vast aпd vibraпt wilderпess of Africa, amidst the toweriпg trees aпd sprawliпg savaппas, a heartwarmiпg tale υпfolds—oпe of a baby elephaпt’s adorable bath time adveпtυre….

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *