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Delivery of first F-16 Block 70 component structures manufactured by PZL Mielec

Photo. PZL Mielec

PZL Mielec, a Lockheed Martin company and one of Poland’s longest established aircraft manufacturers, completed the first two component structures for the latest version F-16, the Block 70/72. This development marks a significant milestone for PZL Mielec, which currnely employs 1,500 people across its business in Aviation Valley and sustains jobs for more than 5,000 more in Poalnd’s supply chain.

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"The F-16 remains a critical part of the Polish Air Force and becomes a cornerstone of fixed wing aircraft fleet for numerous armies in Central and Eastern Europe" says Danya Trent, Lockheed Martin vice president, F-16 program. "This new production work at PZL Mielec will further ensure that Poland is part of the F-16 global enterprise for many years to come and will bring further opportunities for other local enterprises."

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The completed structures included the aft and forward sections of the aircraft's center fuselage. Both are destined for Lockheed Martin's F-16 final assembly line in Greenville, south Carolina.

The implementation and preparation work for the F-16 structure manufacturing in Mielec started last year and included modernisation and preparation of the production space as well as setting up the production line. Concurrently, a group of 46 PZL Mielec employees - production workers and leaders, traveled for to spend six months working in Greenville, gaining experience, and learning about F-16 production processes,in preparation for their future work in Mielec.

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"The timely completion of the first F-16 structures is a very important moment for PZL Mielec and its employees. This means PZL Mielec's return to military jet manufacturing and the beginning of PZL's participation in the production of the F16." – said Janusz Zakręcki, PZL Mielec President, General Director.

The F-16 is a strategic and valuable choice for many customers around the world seeking advanced, 4th generation fighter aircraft capabilities, regional and worldwide partnerships and affordable lifecycle costs. It is a critical piece of 21st century security, serving a critical role in missions around the world, and is a key enabler of air dominance at home.

Press release from PZL Mielec

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