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

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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 devices to the USAF, which will subsequently transfer 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 and Greece, and Lockheed Martin still hopes to sell a few aircraft to other Eastern European countries that cannot afford to acquire his F-35. Technically, the F-16V Block 70 is an improved version of the F-16C Block 50/52, with a radar equipped with an AESA antenna and a more modern cockpit.

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Greece is expected to upgrade the majority of its current F-16s to Block 70 Viper standard. Beyond Europe, the F-16V has also been sold to Bahrain, Taiwan, South Korea and Morocco, and is of great interest to Indonesia.

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Fabrice Wolf
Fabrice Wolf
A former French naval aeronautics pilot, Fabrice is the editor and main author of the site. His areas of expertise are military aeronautics, defense economics, air and submarine warfare, and Akita inu.

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