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F-16 advanced multirole fighter showcased at Aeroexpo Marrakesh


F-16 advanced multirole fighter showcased at Aeroexpo Marrakesh
Lockheed Martin Vice President of Business Development Initiatives, Europe, Middle East & Africa told reporters attending the Aero Expo that the F-16 is the most advanced 4th Generation multi-role fighter currently available on the international market. The Fighting Falcon continues to provide global security through a worldwide partnership base of 25 nations with advanced technologies, complete multirole capabilities and lowest life-cycle cost. "There are currently 25 nations that depend on the F-16 to help meet their country's security needs," said Dennys Plessas. "More F-16s have been built in Europe than some of our competitors, making the F-16 the largest multinational production program in history."

Underscoring the Lockheed Martin „Global Partnerships Building Global Security‟ theme for this year's show, Plessas said the F-16 continues to dominate the international fighter market with 53 repeat buys by 14 customers.
"The F-16 is the most affordable and proven choice to meet the force structure needs and security requirements of air forces around the world," said Plessas. "Continuous technology enhancements and a very clear path for upgrades and global sustainment have allowed the F-16 to perform as a comprehensive weapon system with over 14 million flight hours proving its safety and reliability."
 
Plessas explained that many of the F-16‟s advanced technologies were developed from analyzing the aircraft's performance in combat operations. "We took feedback from U.S. and international war fighters and incorporated it into the avionics systems and architecture of the F-16, keeping the F-16 on the leading edge of technology to meet the needs of our customers."

The F-16 continues as a modern, highly capable, affordable and supportable fighter. The program is healthy, with firm production through 2013, and a strong likelihood of new orders that will extend the line for several more years. Plessas said there are current back orders for about 72 F-16 aircraft and significant international potential remains.

Recent F-16 program milestones have included the government of Egypt signing the Letter of Offer and Acceptance for 20 new F-16 aircraft; the final F-16 deliveries under the Hellenic Air Force‟s Peace Xenia IV program; and the first of 18 new F-16s being produced for Pakistan, with delivery to Pakistan under the Peace Drive II program.
Several F-16 modification, upgrade and modernization programs are also underway for Turkey, Pakistan, Jordan and the U.S. Air Force, providing the newest combat capabilities to the worldwide group of F-16 users. The upgrade potential for the F-16 fleet is substantial since 25 countries have ordered F-16s to date and the aircraft will be in operation around the world for several more decades.

"Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Air Force are committed to modification and sustainment of the worldwide F-16 fleet. We recognize that we have a serious obligation to support our customers‟ security requirements, and we also recognize fleet sustainment as a growing customer need, as well as a business opportunity," Plessas said.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2008 sales of $42.7 billion.

th Generation multi-role fighter currently available on the international market. The Fighting Falcon continues to provide global security through a worldwide partnership base of 25 nations with advanced technologies, complete multirole capabilities and lowest life-cycle cost. "There are currently 25 nations that depend on the F-16 to help meet their country‟s security needs," said Dennys Plessas. "More F-16s have been built in Europe than some of our competitors, making the F-16 the largest multinational production program in history."
Underscoring the Lockheed Martin „Global Partnerships Building Global Security‟ theme for this year‟s show, Plessas said the F-16 continues to dominate the international fighter market with 53 repeat buys by 14 customers.
"The F-16 is the most affordable and proven choice to meet the force structure needs and security requirements of air forces around the world," said Plessas. "Continuous technology enhancements and a very clear path for upgrades and global sustainment have allowed the F-16 to perform as a comprehensive weapon system with over 14 million flight hours proving its safety and reliability."
Plessas explained that many of the F-16‟s advanced technologies were developed from analyzing the aircraft‟s performance in combat operations. "We took feedback from U.S. and international war fighters and incorporated it into the avionics systems and architecture of the F-16, keeping the F-16 on the leading edge of technology to meet the needs of our customers."
The F-16 continues as a modern, highly capable, affordable and supportable fighter. The program is healthy, with firm production through 2013, and a strong likelihood of new orders that will extend the line for several more years. Plessas said there are current back orders for about 72 F-16 aircraft and significant international potential remains.
Recent F-16 program milestones have included the government of Egypt signing the Letter of Offer and Acceptance for 20 new F-16 aircraft; the final F-16 deliveries under the Hellenic Air Force‟s Peace Xenia IV program; and the first of 18 new F-16s being produced for Pakistan, with delivery to Pakistan under the Peace Drive II program.
Several F-16 modification, upgrade and modernization programs are also underway for Turkey, Pakistan, Jordan and the U.S. Air Force, providing the newest combat capabilities to the worldwide group of F-16 users. The upgrade potential for the F-16 fleet is substantial since 25 countries have ordered F-16s to date and the aircraft will be in operation around the world for several more decades.
"Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Air Force are committed to modification and sustainment of the worldwide F-16 fleet. We recognize that we have a serious obligation to support our customers‟ security requirements, and we also recognize fleet sustainment as a growing customer need, as well as a business opportunity," Plessas said.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2008 sales of $42.7 billion.


LH press release

Jeudi 28 Janvier 2010



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