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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US military awarded a contract worth more than $500 million to Lockheed Martin to build eight F-16 fighter jets for Bulgaria, the Defence Department said in a statement.

    "Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Ft. Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $512,004,418 firm-fixed-price contract for F-16 Block 70 production for the Republic of Bulgaria. This contract value includes $4,185,516 of pre-priced options. This contract provides for the production of eight F-16 Block 70 aircraft", the release said on Thursday.

    According to the company website, the comprehensive F-16 Block 70 package for the Eastern European country includes training for pilots and ground crew, logistics, support equipment, and weapons for all operational needs.

    On 1 April, Lockheed Martin won a more than $818 million US Air Force contract to produce 790 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles (JASSM), the Department of Defence said in a press release.

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