Lockheed Martin has successful delivered the first two Slovakian F-16 Block 70 jets. These advanced aircraft represent not only a leap in technology but also a firm commitment to enhancing Slovakia’s national security.
OJ Sanchez, VP and General Manager of the Integrated Fighter Group at Lockheed Martin, emphasised the significance of this delivery: “The delivery of the first two F-16 Block 70 jets to Slovakia signifies a crucial starting point in bolstering the country’s defence capabilities. We are proud to be part of this endeavour 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, 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 finalised, the backlog will increase by eight aircraft.
Deliveries 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.