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New F-16s Will All Be Sold In A Single Base Model Configuration With A Standardized Price

Tuesday, September 15, 2020   (0 Comments)

By Joseph Trevithick  |  September 10, 2020  |  The Warzone Wire


Lockheed Martin says the new sales concept will save time and money, both in the contracting process and when it comes to actually producing the jets.

Lockheed Martin says that it plans to "commoditize" its F-16 Viper fighter jet line by offering jets in a single standardized configuration, based on the latest Block 70/72 variant, with a standard base price tag. The goal here is to streamline things for both the manufacturer and potential customers, especially foreign buyers, and it follows a massive U.S. Air Force-managed contract for the production of Vipers for export over the next decade.

FlightGlobal was first to report on Lockheed Martin's new plans for its F-16 product line on Sept. 4, 2020. The Air Force had awarded the company an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract, valued at up to $62 billion over 10 years, to build at least 90 Block 70/72 Vipers – 66 for Taiwan and 24 for Morocco – for Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers on Aug. 12, 2020. READ MORE...

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