Lockheed MartinÂ celebrated the opening ofÂ an F-35 aircraftÂ production line at a newly refurbished hangar inÂ Greenville, S.C. with ribbon-cuttingÂ ceremony held Tuesday.
The company said Tuesday it plansÂ to begin producing F-16 Block 70 jets at the facilityÂ later this year and create moreÂ than 400 jobs to support the new manufacturing line.
Block 70Â features an active electronically scanned array radarÂ and updated avionics and structural components.
Bahrain, Slovakia, Bulgaria intend to procure the fourth-generation aircraft with the latest configuration.Â The State Department recently cleared foreign military sales of new F-16 Block 72 units and F-16V upgrades to Morocco.
“This is an exciting time as we celebrate another important milestone for the F-16,”Â said Michele Evans, executive vice president of Lockheed’s aeronautics business.
“The future is bright, and it begins right here in Greenville, South Carolina â€’ the new home of F-16 production,” Evans added.