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Lockheed contracted in F-16V upgrades for Greece foreign military sale

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Sam Howard
Lockhed Martin has been contracted to upgrade 84 F16s, such as the one pictured here, to the F-16V configuration. Photo courtesy Airman 1st Class Christopher S. Sparks/U.S. Air Force
Lockhed Martin has been contracted to upgrade 84 F16s, such as the one pictured here, to the F-16V configuration. Photo courtesy Airman 1st Class Christopher S. Sparks/U.S. Air Force

Dec. 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded a $997 million contract to Lockheed Martin to update 84 F-16 aircraft to the V-configuration.

The F-16Vs, which Lockheed says are the most advanced iterations of the F-16 fighter aircraft, will then be delivered to Greece in a foreign military sale, the U.S. Defense Department said Thursday.

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Lockheed Martin will work on the contract in Fort Worth, Texas, and in Athens, Greece.

The Defense Department expects work will wrap up by June 2027. The department said $488 million in Foreign Military Sales funds would be obligated at the time of the award.

The F-16V boasts features that include the Active Electronically Scanned Array radar, Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System, and a Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod.

The first F-16V flight occurred in 2015.

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