Lockheed Martin, a US company that specializes in fighter jets, has announced that Morocco’s F-16 fighter jets will undergo new modifications at its “Crenville factory” to match the F-16 Block 70/72 fighter jets.
“The Moroccan Air Force will acquire these aircraft sometime in 2023,” the company said, adding that the factory would be equipped to produce at least 128 more aircraft by the end of this contract.
These fighters will also undergo flight testing at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB) in California before being delivered under the Foreign Military Sales Program.
According to Lockheed Martin, there are five contracting States with “Block 70/72″: Bahrain, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Taiwan and” Another State “.
This contract will bring the number of aircraft in arrears to 136, and Bulgaria has also begun the process of procuring additional aircraft.
A spokesman for Lockheed Martin said” Crenville” had “several other aircraft” in various stages of operation.
The same person mentioned before added that the work rate at Block 70 in “Clenville”, which is under construction, will “increase significantly” in fiscal 2023, with a production rate of up to four aircraft per month.
Lockheed Martin has won an unspecified perpetual supply contract worth up to $64.3 billion to build new F-16s for FMS customers and upgrade 405 foreign aircraft to the “F-16V” configuration.
F-16 production at “Clenville” will allow Lockheed Martin to meet growing international demand for new F-16 aircraft and increase production of his F-35 at Fort Worth, Texas.
Col. Brian claimed that “There are currently 25 countries operating the F-16, and we have a lot of experience with the aircraft,”. and provides an additional “feature to make the aircraft available to states interested in making the aircraft available for the first time.” The United States Congress has approved several changes regarding the purchase and development of Morocco’s “F-16” fighters, equipping these fighters with a radio information exchange system via data link.
A major transaction included the purchase of 26 stations for the system, which allowed for the timely and secure exchange of field information between pilots and ground command.
The Royal Air Force continues to rehabilitate its military arsenal through the development of the F-16 fleet in a United States workshop, where the “jet” capabilities are strengthened and equipped with state-of-the-art technological systems to respond to the needs of the Moroccan Air Force.