Senior representatives from the Moroccan and U.S. governments and air forces looked on at Ben Guerrir Air Base in Morocco as the Royal Moroccan Air Force unveiled the first 4 of 24 Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-16 aircraft today at a ceremony marking the African nation’s first time using the F-16.
As part of the package provided by the U.S. government, Morocco will receive a Block 52 configuration of the F-16C/D aircraft tailored to meet the specific requirements of the RMAF. The sale includes the aircraft, mission equipment and a support package provided by Lockheed Martin and other U.S. and international contractors. The new aircraft is a welcome addition to the RMAF’s existing fleet of fighter aircraft, part of current plans to upgrade and modernize the RMAF.
“The delivery of these aircraft places Morocco among the very elite group of air forces of the world who operate the advanced multirole F-16,” said Ralph Heath, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin’s Aeronautics business area.
Morocco joins the group of nations utilizing the F-16, which currently stands at 25. Described as unprecedented cooperation between governments, air forces and aerospace industries, more than 4,400 aircraft have been delivered worldwide from assembly lines in five countries.