Shaikh Hamad Bin Abdullah announces $3.8 billion Lockheed deal for F16s

Wednesday 18th Oct 2017

Air Vice-Marshal Shaikh Hamad Bin Abdullah Al Khalifa announced the signing of a $3.8 billion-deal with Lockheed Martin to buy 16 upgraded F-16 fighter jets, as part of the Al Khalifa’s ongoing strengthening of Bahrain’s armed forces.

The F16 deal was finalised on the second day of the Bahrain International Defence Exhibition and Conference (BIDEC 2017), which runs from October 16 to 18, 2017.

“Lockheed Martin values our long-standing relationship with the Kingdom of Bahrain. We remain fully committed to supporting the US government and the Kingdom of Bahrain in ongoing government-to-government discussions around the proposed sale of the F-16 Block 70,” a company official said.
“Bahrain was the first country in the region to acquire the F-16, and with this potential sale Bahrain will achieve another regional first — the procurement of the Block 70, the most advanced, most affordable fourth-generation fighter in the world.”

The new deal is part of an ongoing effort to bolster Bahrain’s armed forces, which are still involved in the protracted Yemen bombing campaign led by the Al Saud.

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