Bahrain’s F-16 Gets Ready for Maiden Flight

Bahrain’s F-16 Gets Ready for Maiden Flight
Bahrain’s F-16 Gets Ready for Maiden Flight

On November 21, Lockheed Martin released the first photo of the F-16D Fighting Falcon Block 70 multirole combat aircraft. The aircraft is produced for Royal Bahrain Air Force, but it also presents a new milestone in the company’s F-16 production line as the company moved its F-16 production line to South Carolina from Fort Worth, Texas, in 2019 to free up space there for increasing F-35 production activities.


The rolled-out aircraft has completed final assembly and ground tests checkout (FACO) and is currently being prepared for the first test flight. The aircraft will be handed over to the United States Department of Defence in the first quarter of 2023. According to Foreign Military Sales rules, the department orders on behalf of a foreign company. The aircraft will undergo flight testing at Edwards Air Force Base, California, before it is delivered to the recipient country. Bahrain will start receiving aircraft in 2024.

Bahrain’s F-16 Gets Ready for Maiden Flight

Apart from Bahrain, Slovak and Bulgarian air forces have their aircraft on the assembly line at the Lockheed Martin plant in Greenville.

Bahrain’s F-16 Gets Ready for Maiden Flight


Lockheed Martin orders 136 aircraft, which will go to six customers worldwide. In addition, approval is expected to be granted for selling 40 units to Turkiye.