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Lockheed Martin awarded contract for F-16 Block 70 production for Bulgaria

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Ft. Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $512,004,418 firm-fixed-price contract for F-16 Block 70 production for the Republic of Bulgaria.

Lockheed Martin awarded contract for F 16 Block 70 production for Bulgaria The F-16 is the benchmark NATO fighter in Europe. With more than 700 F-16s flying in Europe today, Bulgaria will benefit from having a truly interoperable single engine fighter enabling it to fully participate in coalition activities such as peacekeeping operations. (Picture source: US Air Force )

This contract value includes $4,185,516 of pre-priced options. This contract provides for the production of eight F-16 Block 70 aircraft.

The Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 70 features the most advanced 4th generation fighter aircraft capabilities in NATO’s inventory today. The Block 70 is ideally suited for Bulgaria’s national defence and will ensure the Bulgarian Air Force operates the most advanced 4th generation fighter available today.

The F-16 Block 70 features technologies developed for the 5th Generation F-35 Lightning II and F-22 Raptor fighters yet provides a proven, capable, low-risk and cost effective solution for Bulgaria’s national and NATO defense needs.

The comprehensive F-16 Block 70 package for Bulgaria includes training for pilots and ground crew, logistics, support equipment and weapons for all operational needs. This means Bulgaria will not need to acquire any items such as weaponry under separate contracts with third parties or to seek permissions or licenses from governments for weapons integration and use, all of which incurs additional cost and uncertainty.

Work will be completed in Ft. Worth, Texas; and Greenville, South Carolina, and is expected to be completed by Jan. 31, 2027.

This contract award is 100% funded via foreign military sales (FMS) to the Republic of Bulgaria and is the result of a Bulgarian country-conducted competition.