Lockheed Martin Delivers First F-16 Early in Fifth Egyptian Lot
(Source : Lockheed Martin)
FORT WORTH, Texas --- On May 28, 1999, Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems delivered the first aircraft in Egypt's fifth F-16 procurement program, known as Peace Vector V.
The first aircraft was delivered one month ahead of contract schedule. Remaining aircraft are on, or ahead of schedule, and will deliver at a rate of two per month through May 2000.
The first aircraft will remain at Fort Worth for approximately a year to support training of Egyptian Air Force maintenance technicians.
This fifth lot consists of 21 single-seat F-16C Block 40 versions. These aircraft will be used to create an additional squadron at a base in Egypt where the Block 40 version is already operating.
Vince Panzera, program director for the Egypt F-16 Program at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, said, "This program was a challenge in that we had not fully assembled a Block 40 version here at Fort Worth since 1993. I attribute the early delivery to the close day-to-day cooperation of our total team -- Lockheed Martin, our suppliers and associate contractors, and U.S. Government participants. I anticipate we will be able to compress the production lead time even further on the next lot of aircraft to be purchased by Egypt.''
The F-16 continues to be at the center of the Egyptian Air Force's modernization program. It was recently announced that Egypt plans to buy 24 more F-16C/D Block 40 aircraft. Signing of the government-to-government agreement for this sixth purchase is expected in early June.
The F-16 is the world's most sought-after fighter. More than 3,900 have been delivered to the air forces of 19 countries from assembly lines in five countries. The air forces of five countries (United States, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Greece and New Zealand) have announced intentions of acquiring more than 200 F-16s in the near future. Major upgrades for all F-16 versions are being incorporated, or are being developed, to keep the fleet modern and fully supportable well into the next century.