Jordan officially placed an order for eight new production F-16 Block 70 fighters from Lockheed Martin.
“This F-16 acquisition reflects over 70 years of U.S. cooperation and decades of partnership with Lockheed Martin,” said Aimee Burnett, vice president at Lockheed Martin Integrated Fighter Group Business Development in a statement released on June 16, 2022. “Our history partnering with Jordan strengthens regional security and helps protect citizens through 21st Century Security technologies that support critical missions today and into the future.”
The Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) already operates a fleet of F-16 aircraft, which it has been progressively acquiring since 1997. It currently flies 44 F-16A fighters and 15 F-16B trainers.
The Block 70/72 “Viper” standard, the latest version of Lockheed Martin’s best-seller, features improved connectivity and an APG-83 SABR AESA radar system.