F-16 Block 70 for Slovakia
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F-16 Block 70 for Slovakia: Lockheed Martin delivers first two advanced aircraft

Lockheed Martin is proud to announce the successful delivery of the first two F-16 Block 70 for Slovakia. These advanced aircraft represent not only a leap in technology but also a firm commitment to enhancing Slovakia’s national security.

OJ Sanchez, vice president and general manager of the Integrated Fighter Group at Lockheed Martin, emphasized the significance of this delivery: “The delivery of the first two F-16 Block 70 for Slovakia signifies a crucial starting point in bolstering the country’s defense capabilities. We are proud to be part of this endeavor and are committed to delivering a total of 14 jets to Slovakia.

Sanchez continued: “The integration of this proven platform will allow the Slovak Air Force to effectively safeguard its borders and partner with allies across Europe, NATO, and the world. We stand committed to our mission of advancing 21st Century Security through cost-effective operations and strategic partnerships, ensuring the safety and well-being of U.S. allies.

These F-16 Block 70 jets, proudly manufactured in Greenville, South Carolina, are a testament to advanced engineering and technology. With a current backlog of 135 jets, the production line serves as a cornerstone of national security, offering state-of-the-art F-16 fighter jet capabilities to allies worldwide.

Furthermore, Bulgaria has signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for an additional eight jets for its fleet. Once the agreement is finalized, the backlog will increase by eight. Deliveries of F-16 Block 70 for Slovakia will continue through 2025, and the first group of jets, known as a ferry cell, is expected to arrive in Slovakia mid-2024.

The F-16 is a strategic and valuable choice for many customers around the world seeking advanced fighter aircraft capabilities, regional and worldwide partnerships, and affordable lifecycle costs. More than 3,100 F-16s are operating today in 25 countries. The F-16 has flown an estimated 19.5 million flight hours and at least 13 million sorties. Today’s latest version, the Block 70/72, offers unparalleled capabilities and will be flown by six countries and counting.

The Viper Block 70/72 features a new high resolution CPD – Center Pedestal Display, which provides critical tactical imagery to pilots and allows them to take full advantage of the advanced AN/APG-83 AESA radar and targeting pod data . The new CPD allows for color moving maps, air-to-air situation display, zoom functionality with the ability to switch information between displays, digital display of flight instrument data. The aircraft is also equipped with the Link 16 data link, full NVIS – Night Vision Imaging System compatibility and is equipped with the JHCMS II (Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System II)

The Block 70/72 also has an extended structural life of 12,000 hours, more than 50 percent longer than that of previous production F-16 aircraft. F-16s configured in Block 70 will have a General Electric F110 engine, while Block 72 types will be powered by the Pratt & Whitney F100 engine.

The new APG-83 AESA radar offers greater situational awareness, flexibility and faster targeting in all weather conditions. Lockheed says the APG-83 provides the F-16 with fifth-generation fighter radar capabilities by leveraging hardware and software commonality with the F-22 and F-35 AESA radars. Additionally this radar is being integrated with a new active and passive internal electronic warfare system (Viper Shield), which incorporates a new fully digital radar warning receiver (DRWR) designed to interface with the APG-83 radar.

Source: Lockheed Martin
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