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First Slovakian F-16 Block 70 Aircraft

Slovakian Air Force F-16 [© Lockheed Martin]

Lockheed Martin is proud to announce the successful delivery of the first two of fourteen Slovakian F-16 Block 70 jets.

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Press Release, Greenville SC, 10 January 2024: Lockheed Martin is proud to announce the successful delivery of the first two Slovakian F-16 Block 70 jets. These advanced aircraft represent not only a leap in technology but also a firm commitment to enhancing Slovakia’s national security.

OJ Sanchez, vice president and general manager of the Integrated Fighter Group at Lockheed Martin, emphasised the significance of this delivery: “The delivery of the first two F-16 Block 70 jets to Slovakia signifies a crucial starting point in bolstering the country’s defence capabilities. We are proud to be part of this endeavour and are committed to delivering a total of 14 jets to Slovakia.”

Slovakian Air Force F-16 [© Lockheed Martin]

Sanchez continued: “The integration of this proven platform will allow the Slovak Air Force to effectively safeguard its borders and partner with allies across Europe, NATO, and the world. We stand committed to our mission of advancing 21st Century Security through cost-effective operations and strategic partnerships, ensuring the safety and well-being of US allies.”

These F-16 Block 70 jets, proudly manufactured in Greenville, South Carolina, are a testament to advanced engineering and technology. With a current backlog of 135 jets, the production line serves as a cornerstone of national security, offering state-of-the-art F-16 fighter jet capabilities to allies worldwide. Furthermore, Bulgaria has signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for an additional eight jets for its fleet. Once the agreement is finalised, the backlog will increase by eight.

Deliveries for Slovakia will continue through 2025, and the first group of jets, known as a ferry cell, is expected to arrive in Slovakia mid-2024.

Slovakian Air Force F-16 [© Lockheed Martin]

About the F-16: The F-16 is a strategic and valuable choice for many customers around the world seeking advanced fighter aircraft capabilities, regional and worldwide partnerships, and affordable lifecycle costs. More than 3,100 F-16s are operating today in 25 countries. The F-16 has flown an estimated 19.5 million flight hours and at least 13 million sorties. Today’s latest version, the Block 70/72, offers unparalleled capabilities and will be flown by six countries and counting.

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