Credit: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

The U.S. Air Force has awarded a $900 million F-16 Continental United States (CONUS) Depot contract to Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.

The contract value is estimated throughout 10 years and includes depot-level maintenance activities, predefined programmatic work, aircraft modification, and unplanned drop-in maintenance.

Work will be performed at the company’s Greenville, South Carolina site, establishing the first U.S.-based F-16 industry depot to support government-owned depots.

F-16s make up approximately 45% of the Air Force fighter fleet, and several modernization and structural programs will significantly increase depot level workload, as the Air Force plans to operate the F-16 for decades to come.

The contract depot will provide additional capacity for F-16 repair and modernization efforts to support nearly 2,000 F-16’s currently operating in 25 partner nations.