Wednesday, December 30, 2009

"Egypt acquires more F-16s ... and is a valued customer..."

Once someone must have said: "You build it, they'll let you fly"...
In the Fort-Worth Star/ here

"Operation of Lockheed Martin’s F-16 production line in Fort Worth could be extended "perhaps another year" as a result of an agreement, announced Tuesday, under which Egypt would buy up to 24 of the jet fighters, company spokesman Joe Stout said.

"Right now, production in Fort Worth extends through the first quarter of 2012," he said. "It extends it perhaps another year.  . . . It’s very good news.".....

This is the second piece of good news for Fort Worth’s F-16 operations in a week.

On Dec. 22, Lockheed was awarded an $841.9 million contract to complete production of 24 F-16 fighters for Morocco, as well as for electronic warfare gear and support equipment.

Lockheed Martin said Tuesday that it is "pleased that the U.S. and Egyptian governments have reached agreement" on a program to deliver F-16s to the Egyptian air force. "Egypt has acquired more than 200 F-16s in the past, in six previous orders, and is a valued customer," the Bethesda, Md.-based company said..."

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