Bahrain Becomes First Nation to Receive F-16 Block 70 Aircraft

  • Publish date: Sunday، 12 March 2023
Bahrain Becomes First Nation to Receive F-16 Block 70 Aircraft

The Kingdom of Bahrain has become the first country in the Gulf Cooperation Council to receive the latest and most advanced version of the F-16 Fighting Falcon, known as the F-16 Block 70. This follows Bahrain's operation of the first F-16 in the region in the 1990s.

The new jets, which are being manufactured in Greenville, have been delivered to the Royal Bahraini Air Force, with the first of 16 aircraft having been celebrated at a ceremony attended by Bahraini, American, and Lockheed Martin officials on March 10.

On January 24th, the first test flight of the new F-16 Block 70 was conducted with pilots Dwayne "Pro" Opella and Monessa "Siren" Balzhiser. Further flight tests of the aircraft will take place at Edwards Air Force Base before they arrive in Bahrain in 2024.

Bahrain's acquisition of the F-16 Block 70 is expected to strengthen the country's defense capabilities and contribute to its security and stability.

The new fighter jets are seen as a source of pride for Bahrain, which has a history of adopting the latest technologies to modernize its military. The acquisition is being celebrated as a significant moment for the Kingdom of Bahrain.

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