Saturday, August 6, 2011
Morocco Takes Delivery of F-16 Jets
RABAT - Morocco took delivery on Aug. 4 of a first batch of 24 F-16 fighter jets from the United States as part of its air force modernization program, a senior U.S .officer said.
Another seven would be delivered at the beginning of 2012 and the remaining 13 in the following months, she added.
Four F-16s were delivered to Morocco, Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward of the U.S. Air Force told reporters in the southern city of Marrakesh.
The 24 F-16s, the CD block 50-52 model, were among the most modern versions available, said Woodward.
The contract with the U.S., which includes the sale of equipment, services and pilot training, is worth an estimated $2.4 billion (1.7 billion euros).
The F-16s competed with the Rafale jet produced by France's Dassault to win the Moroccan deal.
The Benguerir air base north of Marrakesh took delivery of the aircraft in a ceremony attended by senior officers of the Moroccan and U.S. military, the MAP news agency reported.
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