Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $199 million contract to build 18 Block 52 F-16C/Ds for the Iraqi air force. The order consists of 12 single-seat F-16C model jets, six F-16D model aircraft and ancillary equipment needed to support the small fleet.
Iraq is buying the jets under a foreign military sales contract.
"The LOA [letter of acceptance] for the first 18 F-16 Block 52s was signed last year with deliveries scheduled between May 2014 and January 2016," Lockheed says. "The contract award that was announced yesterday was in support of this LOA."
Lockheed says that Congress was notified earlier this year that Iraq wants to buy another batch of 18 F-16s. "The discussions between the United States and the Iraq governments regarding this program are ongoing," the company says.