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Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TAI) and Lockheed Martin [LMT] unveiled the first of 30 new Turkish-built F-16s in ceremonies yesterday at TAI's facility near Ankara.
The F-16 program has provided extensive industrial development and employment in Turkey over the past 25 years. The Turkish air force has more than 200 F-16 aircraft in its inventory presently and will take delivery of the 30 new, advanced Block 50 models between May 2011 and December 2012.
"Lockheed Martin values the partnerships we have established with the Turkish government, military and industry over the past quarter century," said Ralph Heath, executive vice president of Aeronautics for …