Lockheed Martin showcases first F-16 Viper Block 70/72 fighter from new facility in South Carolina

The American company Lockheed Martin has published a photo of the first F-16 Fighting Falcon, which was

Made in a factory in South Carolina.

What is known

The main plant for the production of the F-16was a plant in Texas. However, the company decided to move the capacity to an enterprise in the city of Greenville (South Carolina). This was due to the increased demand for fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II fighters.

At the factory in South King Lockheed Martin willbuild Viper-level aircraft for Slovakia, Bulgaria, Jordan and Taiwan, as well as for another unnamed client. Moreover, Bulgaria ordered two batches of fighters (8 units each).

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The first aircraft created at the new enterprise -F-16 Viper Block 70/72. It has the designation F-16V. The fighter is intended for the Bahraini Air Force, and the transfer of the aircraft is scheduled for 2023. In the first quarter of next year, flight tests of the fighter will take place at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

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F-16 Viper Block 70/72 equippedAN / APG-83 radar station with an active phased array antenna developed by Northrop Grumman. The modernization also includes the installation of a new on-board computer manufactured by Raytheon, a Link 16 information exchange system, a collision avoidance system and an enhanced electronic warfare station. The Block 70/72 level fighter is equipped with a General Electric F110-GE-129 engine.