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Poland's PZL Mielec completes first F-16 fighter rear fuselage for Lockheed Martin

8th September 2023 - 16:00 GMT | by Ian Parker in London


To date nearly 5,000 F-16s have been built for 28 customers.(Photo: USAF)

Lockheed Martin company PZL Mielec has completed its first F-16 Block 70/72 aft fuselage as the aircraft’s popularity continues to grow.

The first rear fuselage was unveiled on 29 August in what was said to be a symbolic return to the tradition of manufacturing military jet aircraft at PZL in Poland. 

The completed F-16 structure, along with smaller F-16 components also manufactured in Mielec, is destined for export to Lockheed Martin’s production line in Greenville, South Carolina.

'The production of F-16 Block 70/72 structures at PZL is located in a comprehensively modernised hall. That's 14,000 square metres of space,' said Janusz Zakręcki, president and general director, PZL Mielec. 

'I am glad that Lockheed Martin appreciated the competence of our employees and

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Ian Parker


Ian Parker

Ian Parker became an aerospace and defence journalist in 1980 on Flight International and started …

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