Morocco Rolls Out F-16s


MARRAKECH, Morocco, Aug. 4 (UPI) — The Moroccan air force Thursday unveiled the first four of 24 Lockheed Martin F-16s it purchased in a ceremony at Ben Guerir Air Base in Morocco.

Senior representatives from the Moroccan and U.S. governments and air forces were present for the roll out.

The aircraft are the first F-16s to be operated by the country.

The F-16C/D aircraft, obtained through a Foreign Military Sale agreement, are in the Block 52 configuration and tailored to meet the specific requirements of the Moroccan air force.

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 will supplement the RMAF’s existing fleet of fighter aircraft and will contribute to the upgrade and modernization of the Moroccan air force.

“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 D. Heath, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin’s Aeronautics business area.

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