Celebration First F-16 Produced for Chile
16 Apr 2005
On 14 April 20005, Chile’s Minister of National Defense, Mr. Jaime Ravinet, joined other Chilean and U.S. officials at Fort Worth, Texas, in celebrating completion of the first F-16 produced for the Chilean Air Force, or Fuerza Aérea de Chile (FACH).
In February 2002, Chile signed an agreement with the U.S. government to purchase 10 F-16s in the Peace Puma foreign military sales program. Chile became the 22nd customer for the F-16 worldwide and the second in South America. The FACH F-16s will be Advanced Block 50 version powered by the General Electric F110-GE-129 engine. Six aircraft will be single-seat F-16Cs and four will be two-seat F-16Ds.
First flight of the Chilean F-16 is scheduled for early this summer. All 10 aircraft will be delivered to Chile in 2006.
- Lockheed Martin