Oman Air Force continues F-16 legacy


The Sul­tanate of Oman ac­cepted the first of its sec­ond or­der of Lock­heed Martin F-16 Fight­ing Fal­cons in a cer­e­mony April 3 at Lock­heed Martin’s Fort Worth fa­cil­ity. The fighter air­craft will ferry to Oman later this year. The new­est Royal Oman Air Force F-16, built by Lock­heed Martin, dur­ing pre-ac­cep­tance flight tests. The Royal Oman Air Force ac­cepted the F-16 dur­ing a cer­e­mony April 3.

In 2002, the Sul­tanate of Oman be­came the 23rd mem­ber of the F-16 fam­ily and now joins the 15 other coun­tries which have or­dered additional F-16 jets for their air de­fence. The new F-16s will add to the Oman Air Force’s ex­ist­ing fleet of F-16s used to de­fend Oman’s borders.

“Our part­ner­ship with Oman is a proud one,” said Or­lando Car­valho, Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent of Lock­heed Martin Aero­nau­tics. “Work­ing to­gether, we are not only pro­duc­ing new F-16s, but also up­grad­ing their ex­ist­ing F-16 fleet to pro­vide the Royal Air Force of Oman with a com­mon ad­vanced F-16 ca­pa­bil­ity con­fig­u­ra­tion.”

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