GREENVILLE, SC (STL.News) Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has received its first F-16 from the U.S. Air Force as part of the $900 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract the company received in December 2020 to provide sustainment support and depot-overflow services for F-16 aircraft.
The F-16 arrived at the Lockheed Martin facility in Greenville, South Carolina, from Edwards Air Force Base, California, on March 9, 2021, and will be inducted today, March 15, to begin work.
“The arrival of this first jet marks the beginning of fighter Sustainment work at the site and positions Greenville as an F-16 Center of Excellence, supporting both F-16 production and sustainment operations,” said Mike Fox, Lockheed Martin Greenville site director.
The IDIQ contract also establishes the first-ever U.S.-based F-16 industry depot to support government-owned depot facilities. It includes depot-level maintenance activities, predefined programmatic work, aircraft modification, and unplanned drop-in maintenance. As the F-16 Fighting Falcon’s Original Equipment Manufacturer, Lockheed Martin is uniquely positioned to provide the most comprehensive knowledge of the aircraft and tailored sustainment solutions to optimize the F-16 fleet for greater capability, readiness, and performance.
“We are excited for this opportunity to expand our partnership with the U.S.