The F-16 Fighting Falcon was produced by General Dynamics who became Lockheed who then merged with Martin Marietta to become Lockheed Martin. The F-16 entered service in January 1979 as a multi-role jet fighter that evolved into an all-weather multi-role aircraft. With tension in the Middle East always being very high and with the thought of Syria having nuclear capabilities, the Israelis decided they had to do something to prevent this. So 30 minutes prior to midnight on September 5, 2007, 8 Israeli aircraft departed for the al-Kibar nuclear facility and eliminated the facility shortly after midnight. F-16I Sufa fighters acted as escorts to the F-15I Ra'am fighters armed with laser-guided bombs.