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Posted on 07/13/2011 8:33:58 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
Three Middle East nations considering F-16 orders
Posted Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2011
By Bob Cox
Prospects may be improving for Lockheed Martin to soon book more orders for Fort Worth-built F-16 fighter jets.
Iraq's on-again, off-again plans for buying F-16s may be back on again. In addition, Oman and the United Arab Emirates are reportedly again talking to the U.S. government and Lockheed about F-16s after they could not agree on terms for buying French fighter jets.
Lockheed officials confirmed reports that they had been in contact with the three Middle East nations about F-16 sales, but they declined to provide specifics.
"The potential for international sales is still strong," Lockheed spokeswoman Laura Siebert said. "We've been in constant dialogue with the U.S. Air Force about the needs of Iraq. There has been dialogue with U.A.E. They want more F-16s."
An Air Force official in the foreign military sales department could not be reached Wednesday for comment.
Lockheed is eager to book new F-16 orders to keep its production and supply lines running, both at the company's Fort Worth plant and among major suppliers locally and around the world.
At the end of May, Lockheed had 62 unfilled F-16 orders -- enough to keep the final assembly line open only through mid-2013. Production of many parts and components often begins two or more years before final assembly.
About 2,000 workers are directly employed by Lockheed in Fort Worth on the F-16 program and many more at companies in the region that manufacture or supply structural parts and other key components.
The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that government officials in Iraq and Oman had once again
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At the end of May, Lockheed Martin only had enough orders for F-16s to keep its final assembly line open through mid-2013.
I’m sure the UAE would love Lockheed Martin to sell some Block 60s. UAE gets a royalty check for ever Block 60 sold.
Moslems yes, Taiwan no?
Iraq, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates. Thanks sukhoi-30mki.