First Slovakian F-16 Block 70 Jets Delivered | Aviation

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The first Slovakian F-16D Block 70 takes off from Lockheed Martin’s facilities. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

The two aircraft, together with the rest of the first ferry cell, will arrive in Slovakia by mid-2024.

Lockheed Martin announced the formal delivery of the first two newly built F-16s Block 70 for the Slovak Air Force. The aircraft, a single seater F-16C (SloAF sn 1001, USAF sn 20-4001) and twin seater F-16D (SloAF sn 1101, USAF sn 20-4013) flew for the first time from the company facilities in Greenville, South Carolina, on Sept.29, 2023 and Dec. 15, 2023, respectively.

“The delivery of the first two F-16 Block 70 jets to Slovakia signifies a crucial starting point in bolstering the country’s defense capabilities,” said OJ Sanchez, vice president and general manager of the Integrated Fighter Group at Lockheed Martin, emphasizing the significance of this delivery. “We are proud to be part of this endeavor and are committed to delivering a total of 14 jets to Slovakia.”

The aircraft will arrive in Slovakia by mid-2024, once the other F-16s of the first ferry cell are ready. Slovakia will be the first European country to receive newly built F-16 Block 70 aircraft, following Greece that introduced in service its upgraded Block 72 aircraft. Once in service, the F-16 Block 70 will replace Slovakia’s fleet of MiG-29 Fulcrum that were retired in 2022 and donated to Ukraine.

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