April 12 The U.S. Air Force will extend the
service life of its F-16 fighter jet to 12,000 Equivalent Flight
Hours, much more than the aircraft's original service life of
Validation of the extended flight hour limit will help
extend the service life of up to 300 F-16C/D Block 40-52
aircraft, Lockheed Martin Corp, which makes the F-16,
said in a statement on Wednesday.
Following the extension, the U.S. Air Force could safely
operate Block 40-52 aircraft to 2048 and beyond.
The F-16 service extension comes as the U.S. looks to save
costs on its key weapons program, including the F-35 fighter
(Reporting by Rachit Vats in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj