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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 Wolfhttps://meta-defense.fr/fabrice-wolf/
A former French naval aeronautics pilot, Fabrice is the editor and main author of the Meta-defense.fr site. His areas of expertise are military aeronautics, defense economics, air and submarine warfare, and Akita inu.

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