The Pentagon notified Congress of a potential $447 million foreign military sale to Poland for support and munitions, as well as associated equipment, parts, training, and logistical assistance, for its fleet of 48 F-16s. The proposed deal would include 93 AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II missiles, 65 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air to Air Missiles, 42 GBU-49 Paveway II laser guided bombs, 200 GBU-54 Laser Joint Direct Attack Munitions, and several other types of general-purpose armaments, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency’s release. The Poles also would receive 28 night-vision devices, air-combat-maneuvering instrumentation pods, a joint mission-planning system, and five years of follow-on support and sustainment for its F-16 fleet, including overhauls, upgrades, and personnel and training equipment. “The upgrade will allow Poland to continue to bolster its regional leadership while increasing NATO interoperability,” stated DSCA.
Lockheed Martin's first new-build F-16 Block 70 has emerged from the company's Greenville, S.C., factory, launching a new phase in production of the Falcon, which first became operational with the Air Force 44 years ago.