Lockheed Martin begins production of new Bulgarian F-16V Vipers for $ 512m

The US government has approved the sale of eight F-16 Block 70 fighter jets to Bulgaria. The sale will thus be carried out in the form of an FMS (Foreign Military Sales) contract: Lockheed Martin officially sells the aircraft to the USAF, which is then responsible for returning them to Bulgaria. FMS contracts thus make it possible to speed up transactions and sell aircraft at a better price, while ensuring a certain standardization of allied equipment. Indeed, the Block70 standard corresponds to the commercial designation F-16V Viper. This new variant of the F-16 has already been sold in Europe to Slovakia…

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Boeing receives production contract for Korean and New Zealand P-8s, consolidating lead in maritime patrol

The assembly line for Boeing 737s and their military derivatives may be at a standstill due to the Covid-19 epidemic, but business continues for Boeing. The American aircraft manufacturer has indeed received a $1,5 billion production contract from the US Navy to produce 18 P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. If the aircraft are actually ordered by the US Navy, some of them are intended for the South Korean Navy (six aircraft) and the Royal New Zealand Air Force (four aircraft). These two countries are the latest customers of the patrol aircraft derived from the Boeing 737,…

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The USAF wants to develop a "generic" version of the F-16 to facilitate its export

While its successor F-35 continues to have setbacks, the F-16 continues to line up commercial successes, even allowing itself to be one of the best-selling fighters in the world for the past three years, without even taking into account the contracts of modernization of existing fleets. Commissioned in service in 1978, the F-16 has since evolved considerably and presents itself on the international market with numerous options of armaments, radars, helmet sights, self-protection systems and motorization in order to to meet as many operational needs as possible. Nevertheless, the wide catalog of options presented by the aircraft manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, would also have…

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