Lockheed Martin has reached an agreement with AIM Norway to jointly form the first F-16 ‘Falcon Depot’ centre in Norway to serve the global fleet.

The facility will offer services for the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) and other regional F-16 Fighting Falcon customers.

It will be established in Kjeller, Norway, at an existing maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility used by the RNoAF.

Through the partnership, Lockheed Martin intends to leverage AIM Norway’s F-16 sustainment knowledge to benefit F-16 customers across the globe.

Lockheed Martin is the original equipment manufacturer and design authority of the F-16 multi-role fighter aircraft.

The company selected AIM Norway for its extensive technical expertise and MRO experience.

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“AIM Norway is extremely proud that Lockheed Martin recognises our experienced personnel, competence and capabilities.”

Lockheed Martin F-16 Program vice-president Susan Ouzts said: “Lockheed Martin is extremely proud of our longstanding relationship with AIM Norway and Norway.

“This first-of-its-kind Falcon Depot Center reflects the strong global demand for F-16 sustainment services, which is poised to grow as we continue to produce new F-16s and upgrade existing aircraft.”

Lockheed Martin expects F-16 production opportunities to total more than 400 aircraft, allowing it to increase the global customer base.

Currently, more than 3,000 F-16s are in service with the armed forces of 25 countries.

AIM Norway CEO Ove Haukåssveen said: “AIM Norway is extremely proud that Lockheed Martin recognises our experienced personnel, competence and capabilities. Together we will ensure continued success and readiness for existing and new F-16 operators.”

The F16 is equipped with the Lockheed Martin LANTIRN infrared navigation and targeting system.