Lockheed funding F-16 fighter supply chain until more orders come in
WASHINGTON, March 15 (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp is using its own funding to keep the supply chain for F-16 fighter jets running until it receives additional orders beyond the Iraqi F-16 jets it is currently building, a top company official said Tuesday.
Orlando Carvalho, who heads Lockheed's Aeronautics division, told Reuters the cost of keeping the F-16 supply chain ready for further orders was "manageable," but gave no further details.
The U.S. government has approved the sale of eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, but funding for the aircraft and a timetable for a possible deal remain unclear.
Carvalho deferred questions about the Pakistan sale to the U.S. government, which is overseeing the deal.
Bahrain, Colombia, Indonesia have also expressed interest in F-16 fighter jet orders, Carvalho said.
He said the U.S. government was also in discussions with India about a possible sale of F-16s to India. (Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)
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