Lockheed Martin won a $1.2 billion U.S. government contract to produce 16 new F-16 Block 70 aircraft for the Royal Bahraini Air Force; this is the first F-16 Block 70 sale, according to Lockheed.

The Kingdom of Bahrain is the first customer to procure the F-16 Block 70, the newest and most advanced F-16 production configuration. The F-16 Block 70 features advanced avionics, an Active Electronically Scanned Array radar, a modernized cockpit, advanced weapons, conformal fuel tanks, an automatic ground collision avoidance system, an advanced engine and an extended structural service life of 12,000 hours.

To date, 4,604 F-16s have been purchased by 28 customers around the world. Approximately 3,000 operational F-16s are flying today with 25 air forces including the U.S. Air Force.