Lockheed Martin Corp’s aeronautics chief still expects the company to sell F-16 fighters to Oman and Iraq and said other international deals could extend production of the multi-role jet.
“There are a couple of other opportunities that we’re still looking at that we really can’t mention at the moment that could continue the production line even further,” Ralph Heath said in an interview at the Paris Air Show yesterday.
More than 4,500 F-16s have been delivered worldwide since the program’s inception more than 30 years ago – including 53 follow-on buys by 14 countries.
Lockheed has been gradually winding down the F-16 as it ramps up production of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
Current plans call for the U.S. Defense Department to buy 2,443 radar-evading F-35s.
“We don’t see anything at the moment that is changing that,” Heath said.