Lockheed Martin is expected to make a formal offer to New Delhi about manufacturing the F-16 fighter aircraft in India next month.
Lockheed Martin officials will be travelling to India with a formal offer next month, Susan Ouzts, vice president of Lockheed’s F-16 program told reporters during the annual media day in Washington Tuesday.
“Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed “substantial” interest in the plane during a recent meeting with Lockheed,” Susan said.
“Lockheed was working with the US government, which is in talks with India about possibly building F-16s in India,” said Orlando Carvalho, Lockheed’s Aeronautics division.
"We are ready to manufacture F-16 in India and support the Make in India initiative," Phil Shaw, chief executive of Lockheed Martin India said during the Singapore Airshow 2016.
Industry observers said Lockheed Martin's "wish to manufacture F-16 is based on the strong demand from the Indian armed forces and would want to lower the cost of the planes for exports by using the low-cost capability in India”.
"Certainly, Lockheed Martin would want to exploit the engineering skill and low cost capabilities in India and make F-16 very competitive in the fighter jet markets," PTI news agency quoted an unnamed source as saying in Februrary.
“If the two governments reach an agreement this year or 2017, putting aside all differences on the mega project and the US' move to supply eight F-16 to Pakistan, Lockheed Martin could roll out the first made in India jet in 2019-2020,” the source said.
Lockheed Martin has offered India advanced version of the F-16 fighter jets than those that will be delivered to Pakistan.
Two Emirati pilots have reportedly died in a crash on Monday after the fighter aircraft went down due to “technical issues” in Yemen, Saudi state television reported. The announcement comes after the state-run WAM news agency of the United Arab Emirates announced the “loss of F-16 fighter aircraft”, which was taking part in operations against Iran-backed rebels in Yemen on Monday
Baloch envoy to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and the European Union has condemned the US move to sell F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan even as Islamabad has sought 10 additional F-16s from Washington. Mehran Marri, Baloch representative to the UNHRC was quoted as saying by
Lockheed Martin said on Thursday that the company is ready to manufacture F-16 aircraft in India and supports the ongoing talks between the two countries to set up the first manufacturing facility. "We are ready to manufacture F-16 in India and support the Make in India initiative," Phil Shaw, chief executive of Lockheed Martin India Private Ltd told reporters at the Singapore Airshow 2016 today
Lockheed Martin has offered India advanced version of the F-16 fighter jets than those that will be delivered to Pakistan. India is considering an offer from Lockheed Martin to organize manufacturing of F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft in the country, Economic Times news daily reported Monday, citing high-ranking sources
Lockheed Martin has offered to manufacture over 30 aircraft a year in its proposed Indian facility, one of its most ambitious fighter aircraft production ventures outside the United States. Lockheed executives briefing
India may not acquire the US F-16 fighter aircraft in the immediate future. Indian defense minister Manohar Parrikar in reply to a question in Parliament last Friday said, “ India only needs experience of flying flying against F-16 and we are not going to induct F-16, at least, as of now
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