Lockheed Lands $635 Million Deal To Upgrade Turkish F-16s

Deal is part of 2005 contract between U.S. and Turkey.

The U.S. government has awarded a $635 million contract to Lockheed Martin to upgrade the Turkish Air Force's existing fleet of F-16s.

Under terms of the deal, Lockheed will provide 216 modernization kits to upgrade Turkish F-16C and F-16D model aircraft in the nation's air force inventory. The contract also includes flight testing, training, technical support and sustainment activities.

The contract continues work started under an initial contract in July 2005, based on an agreement signed between the governments of Turkey and the United States in April 2005.

The work and support of the modernization program will occur primarily at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics facility in Fort Worth, Texas, and at Tusas Aerospace Industries in Ankara, Turkey, with the contract running through February 2016.