Lockheed Martin Delivers New F-16s to Bahrain

Jun 22, 2000, 01:00 ET from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

    FORT WORTH, Texas, June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Bahrain received the first of
 its new production F-16 aircraft today in ceremonies at Lockheed Martin
 Aeronautics Company.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000622/DATH031 )
     The aircraft is the first of 10 F-16s purchased under the Peace Crown II
 program.  Col. Khalifa Al-Khalifa, Defence Attache for the Embassy of Bahrain,
 accepted the first of the F-16s that will establish a new fighter squadron for
 the Bahrain Amiri Air Force (BAAF) at Sheikh Isa Air Base.
     The new F-16s will supplement the BAAF's existing inventory of 12 Block
 40s (eight C model, four D model) that were purchased in 1987 and delivered in
     "We are always pleased when an existing customer comes back to us for new
 aircraft, because it signifies customer satisfaction, not just with the
 aircraft, but with entire F-16 program," said Dain Hancock, president of
 Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company.  "Bahrain has shown amazing proficiency
 with the F-16, flying 167 combat sorties during Desert Storm only months after
 the introduction and delivery of the first F-16 to their air force.  The BAAF
 has proven to have strong influence in the region and has forged excellent
 relationships with coalition forces, including USAF."
     Lockheed Martin now has over 40 follow-on buys of the F-16 made by
 customers in 15 countries.
     The new production F-16 aircraft is the same Block 40 configuration as the
 aircraft from Peace Crown I, with the addition of new equipment items.  These
 include a color cockpit TV system, APG-68 (V) 8 radar, and AIM-120 advanced
 medium range air-to-air missile (AMRAAM) capability.  All of the new aircraft
 will be single seat F-16Cs.
     The Peace Crown II program is valued at $303 million, and will complete
 delivery at the end of 2000.
     The F-16, the world's most sought-after fighter, is the choice of 20
 countries.  More than 4,000 aircraft have been delivered; hundreds more will
 be delivered to Egypt, the United States, Israel, Greece and the United Arab
 Emirates; and production is expected to continue to 2010.  Major upgrades for
 all F-16 versions are being incorporated to keep the fleet modern and fully
 supportable over the aircraft's long service life.
     The F-16 is playing a major role as the durable and versatile "workhorse"
 in allied peacekeeping operations in the Balkans and Iraq.
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 development, systems integration, production and support of advanced military
 aircraft and related technologies.  Its customers include the military
 services of the United States and allied countries throughout the world.
 Products include the F-16, F-22, C-130J, F-117, U-2, X-33 and Joint Strike
 Fighter, among other renowned aircraft.  LM Aeronautics is a unit of Lockheed
 Martin Corporation (NYSE:   LMT).  Lockheed Martin is headquartered in Bethesda,
 Md., and is a global enterprise principally engaged in the research, design,
 development, manufacture and integration of advanced-technology systems,
 products and services.  The corporation's core businesses are systems
 integration, space, aeronautics and technology services.
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