US finalizes sale of 66 F-16 fighters to Taiwan as China tensions escalate

Taiwan will receive 66 new American-made F-16 fighter jets in the biggest arms sale to the self-governing island in years.

GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina)- The U.S. Air Force announced that it is awarding a $900 million  F-16 continental United States (CONUS) depot contract to Lockheed Martin Aueronatics and its operations facility in Greenville. 

According to the Air Force, the Lockheed Martin F-16 depot in Greenville will be the first in the United States and will provide depot level maintenance and modernization support. 

Representative William Timmons released a statement on the announcement. 

"Lockheed Martin’s Greenville site will now both produce and maintain F-16s.This 10-year contract is expected to place 15 F-16s at the site each year for substantial maintenance work, adding 50-80 new jobs in support of this program. I was proud to support Lockheed Martin’s efforts in securing this contract along with the rest of the South Carolina congressional delegation."

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