Lockheed Martin has received its first F-16 from the US Air Force as part of a US$900m indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract the company received in December 2020 to provide sustainment support and depot-overflow services for the type.
The company announced on March 15 that the aircraft had arrived at its facility in Greenville, South Carolina, although it had flown in the previous week, on March 9. The aircraft was F-16D Block 40 – serial 87-0391 ‘ED’ (c/n 1D-1) – operated by the 412th Test Wing’s 416th Flight Test Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base, California. It had arrived at Lockheed Martin’s facility in facility in Greenville, South Carolina, on March 9 and was inducted to begin work on March 15.
The IDIQ contract establishes the first ever US-based F-16 industry depot to support government-owned depot facilities and includes depot-level maintenance activities, predefined programmatic work, aircraft modification and unplanned drop-in maintenance.
Danya Trent, vice president of Lockheed Martin’s F-16 program, said: “We are excited for this opportunity to expand our partnership with the US Air Force and ensure the continued readiness and capability of the F-16 fleet. Our team of F-16 experts in Greenville are ready and prepared to meet our customer’s most challenging problems, partnering between production and sustainment operations, giving full life cycle coverage for the F-16.”