Lockheed Martin has a backlog of 147 aircraft for its F-16 Block 70 jet, the latest upgrade to the venerable F-16 fighter.
The handover of the first F-16 Block 70 jet is scheduled for later today to Bahrain Lockheed Martin has announced senior Bahraini, U.S. government, military and aerospace industry officials will attend the delivery ceremony of the first Royal Bahraini Air Force F-16 Block 70.
Six countries have selected Block 70/72 aircraft. In addition to the current official backlog of 127 jets to-date to be built in Greenville, Jordan has signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for 12 jets and Lockheed Martin has received a contract to begin its long-lead activities.
In addition, Bulgaria has also signed an LOA for an additional eight jets for its fleet. Once these are finalized, the backlog will increase to 147.
The Block 70 version has several upgrades over the pevious versions including an AESA radar, latest generation avionics and weapons.
The F-16 Block 70 jet is the first of 16 jets for Bahrain, and took its first flight on Jan. 24, 2023. From here, it will begin additional flight tests at Edwards Air Force Base before arriving in Bahrain in 2024.