Lockheed Martin officially welcomed Romania to the group of countries that utilize the F-16Â 4thÂ generation multi-role fighter, Lockheed said Wednesday.
The Romanian Air Force will become the 28th F-16 customer when it receives 12 aircraft from Portugal in a third-party transfer.
“We look forward to supporting Romaniaâ€™s aircraft fleet modernization and establishing an enduring relationship as Romania revolutionizes its aviation capabilities to strengthen its national defense,â€ saidÂ Roderick McLean, Lockheed Martinâ€™s vice president and general manager for the F-16/F-22 integrated fighter group.
Lockheed welcomed Romanian officials to the F-16 ‘family” at a reception prior to the Black Sea Defense Aerospace trade show.
Production of the F-16 will continue through 2017 which will add to the more than 4,540 F-16’s that have already been delivered, Lockheed said.