The U.S. Department of Defense announced last Thursday that the Pentagon’s top weapons supplier, Lockheed Martin Corp, has been awarded a $62 billion, 10-year contract for the production of F-16s for Foreign Military Sale (FMS). The initial delivery order is for 90 aircraft.
The 10-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) includes a $4.94 billion order for 90 fighters, 66 of which are going to Taiwan, and 24 are earmarked for Morocco. Funds totaling $3.88 billion were obligated at the time of the award.
The United States’ move to sell aircraft to the Taiwanese comes amid the Communist government’s crackdown on Hong Kong and the PLA’s menacing flights over and around Taiwan.
Shortly after the announcement of the sale of the F-16s to Taiwan was made, the Chinese government-run news outlet, Global Times, referenced the deal in a story about a new standoff weapon designed to attack airbases with bomblets.