Air Platforms

Portugal receives first of three upgraded F-16s

13 May 2019

The Força Aérea Portuguesa (Portuguese Air Force, FAP) received the first of three upgraded F-16s on 9 May, the service has told Jane’s .

The aircraft was the first of two single-seat F-16AMs, the second of which is scheduled for delivery in late July, to be followed by a twin-seat F-16BM in late 2019.

They will join 24 F-16AMs and three F-16BMs of squadrons 201 and 301 at Monte Real airbase.

Two single-seat F-16A Block 15s and a single twin-seat F-16B Block 15 jet were supplied by the US government as excess defence articles in August 2013 for the upgrade by the FAP and OGMA-Indústria Aeronáutica de Portugal using modernisation kits supplied by Lockheed Martin.

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