Lockheed Martin right this moment introduced the profitable first flight of the F-16 Block 70 at its Greenville, South Carolina website. The flight occurred Jan. 24 at 9:17 a.m. ET, with Lockheed Martin check pilots Dwayne “Professional” Opella and Monessa “Siren” Balzhiser on the helm. Complete flight time was roughly 50 minutes and included airworthiness checks, similar to engine, flight management and gas system checks, in addition to primary plane dealing with. This F-16 Block 70 jet is the primary of 16 jets to be delivered to Bahrain. Six international locations have chosen Block 70/72 plane. Along with the present official backlog of 128 jets to-date to be inbuilt Greenville, Jordan final yr signed a Letter of Provide and Acceptance (LOA) for eight jets and final week signed a further LOA for 4 extra jets. Lockheed Martin has acquired a contract to start Jordan’s long-lead actions. Bulgaria has additionally signed an LOA for a further eight jets for its fleet. As soon as these are finalized, the backlog will improve to 148.

“Lockheed Martin is absolutely dedicated to delivering high quality platforms for our clients’ vital missions, and I’m so happy with our gifted workforce in Greenville. That is the end result of serious improvement, design, digital engineering, provide chain and manufacturing line advances to an already confirmed platform that may proceed to ship a long time of service in assist of shoppers’ nationwide safety,” mentioned Danya Trent, F-16 Vice President and Web site Lead in Greenville.


“At present’s profitable flight is a testomony of the onerous work, dedication and dedication to our clients and their missions. This milestone demonstrates Lockheed Martin’s dedication to advancing this program and getting this much-needed plane and its superior twenty first Century Safety capabilities to the warfighter,” mentioned OJ Sanchez, vp, Built-in Fighter Group, which incorporates the F-16 program.

The F-16 Block 70 that made the variant’s first flight on Tuesday is the primary of 16 plane to be delivered to Bahrain. Thus far, six international locations have chosen Block 70/72 plane, with orders for a further 20 are being finalized with Jordan and Bulgaria. (Photograph by Lockheed Martin)

The Basic Dynamics F-16 Combating Falcon is a single-engine multirole fighter plane initially developed by Basic Dynamics for the US Air Drive (USAF). Designed as an air superiority day fighter, it advanced right into a profitable all-weather multirole plane. Over 4,600 plane have been constructed since manufacturing was authorized in 1976. Though now not being bought by the U.S. Air Drive, improved variations are being constructed for export clients. The F-16 is a strategic and invaluable alternative for a lot of clients world wide looking for superior, 4th technology fighter plane capabilities, regional and worldwide partnerships, and reasonably priced lifecycle prices. Greater than 3,000 F-16s are working right this moment in 25 international locations. The F-16 has flown an estimated 19.5 million flight hours and a minimum of 13 million sorties. At present’s newest model, the Block 70/72, presents unparalleled capabilities and will probably be flown by a minimum of 5 international locations starting within the mid-2020s.

The Lockheed Company was an American aerospace producer. Lockheed was based in 1926 and in 1993, Basic Dynamics bought its plane manufacturing enterprise to the Lockheed Company, which in flip turned a part of Lockheed Martin after a 1995 merger with Martin Marietta. Its founder, Allan Lockheed, had earlier based the equally named however otherwise-unrelated Loughead Plane Manufacturing Firm, which was operational from 1912 to 1920. Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin Company is a worldwide safety and aerospace firm that employs roughly 114,000 folks worldwide and is principally engaged within the analysis, design, improvement, manufacture, integration and sustainment of superior know-how methods, services and products.