Israeli Elbit Systems participated in Lockheed Martin suppliers’ conference held as part of its for F-21 jet Project pitch in India.
“As a long term supplier of advanced avionics for Lockheed Martin, Elbit Systems is exploring ways to support Lockheed Martin’s efforts to maximize indigenous content on the F-21 for the Indian Air Force and on the S-76 for the Indian Navy Utility Helicopter,” an Elbit statement said.
Lockheed Martin has re-christened its F-16 offering for the Indian multi-role combat aircraft procurement as F-21. The aircraft is will be made in India as part of an Indian government requirement to build over 100 of the aircraft in India with the help of an Indian partner. Lockheed Martin has tied up with the Tata group.
In October 2018, Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) and Lockheed Martin Corp. announced an agreement to manufacture F-16 wings in India for export. “This strategic initiative positions TASL to become the provider of wings for all future customers and strengthens its role in the F-16 global supply chain,” a TASL statement had said.
“The planned F-16 wing production move to India is not contingent on the Government of India selecting the F-16 for the Indian Air Force,” TASL had said.
The move to rename the popular F-16 as F-21 for India is said to be prompted by growing sales of the F-16 internationally. The Block 70 version has been ordered by several countries even as Lockheed Martin is discussing with India to manufacture the jet exclusive in India for the world market. In addition, the Trump administration’s policy of keeping American jobs in America has formed Lockheed Martin not to move its F-16 plant to India as earlier promised but set it up in South Carolina instead.
A Lockheed Martin statement on the F-21 said, “the F-21 is an unprecedented ‘Make in India’ opportunity ─ combining the strength of Lockheed Martin and Tata to deliver a historic win-win for the US and India.”
Lockheed Martin has said that its F-21 fighter, customized to suit India, will not be offered to any other country if the Indian Air Force (IAF) places an order for 114 jets that it currently looking to acquire. The IAF last month, issued an RFI (Request for Information) or initial tender to acquire 114 jets at a cost of around $18 billion, which is billed as one of the worlds biggest military procurement in recent years
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Lockheed Martin inaugurated its new F-16 production line in Greenville, South Carolina shifting F-16 tooling and equipment previously in Fort Worth,Texas which will be used for assembling the F-35. Lockheed had previously offered to shift the production line to India if it ordered over 100 F-16 jets and make it a manufacturing base for the F-16s global supply chain
Lockheed Martin has offered India its newly configured F-21 fighter aircraft to be manufactured indigenously in India in a bid to compete for US$ 15 billion aircraft competition. The new aircraft will be competing against American Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, French Dassault Rafale, Swedish Saabs Gripen, Russian MiG-35 and Eurofighter Typhoon
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