Lockheed Martin unveiled the first of its spiffy new F-16s headed to Iraq.
Everyone gathered at the Lockheed plant in Cowtown, where Iraq Ambassador to the U.S. Lukman Faily was there on the delivery day of this multi-million dollar fighter jet from Lockheed and the U.S. government.
“A strong Iraq, a stable Iraq, is a stable factor in a turbulent region,” Faily said.
Iraq’s air force has been almost non-existent since the U.S. invaded in 2003, so these F-16s are a big deal in the world of international relations. Pilots in iraq are already training to get in the driver’s seat.
“They`ve already made huge strides in their Iraqi military in their defense over the last few years,” said Heidi Grant, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs. “This is just one more cutting edge capability that will contribute to the Iraqi Air Force.”
Lockheed will deliver three or four more Fighting Falcon jets before the year is up. Iraq has a total of 36 F-16s on order, which means Lockheed’s production line for that jet will be running through 2017. Hey, good for the local economy, right?