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F-16 fighter jet backlog will increase before production rate can improve

30th January 2023 - 14:00 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London


Lockheed Martin says the production rate of the F-16 Block 70/72 will increase significantly throughout 2023. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin is facing a backlog of F-16 aircraft that is set to increase as the list of countries that want the jet grows. However, the company is convinced it can increase production rates significantly throughout 2023.

Jordan has become the latest country to sign an agreement to purchase F-16 Block 70 (F-16V) fighter jets.

The Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) has signed an agreement to acquire a dozen aircraft from the US to modernise its ageing air force.

Jordan initially signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for eight fighter jets last year, which was extended to 12 through an additional LOA signed in the middle of January, Lockheed Martin VP of F-16 programmes and Greenville Site lead Danya Trent told Shephard.

These LOAs follow Jordan's FMS approval from the US State

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Norbert Neumann


Norbert Neumann

Norbert is the Aviation, Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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