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Tata to make wings for Lockheed Martin's F-16 fighter jets in India

Lockheed officials insisted that the planned F-16 wing production to India is not contingent on India selecting the F-16 for the Indian Air Force

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

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Lockheed Martin's F-16

The of Lockheed Martin's fighter jets will be produced in India, the American security and announced on Tuesday, in a major boost to the 'Make in India' initiative.

Maryland-based has entered into an agreement with Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) for the production of the

Lockheed officials insisted that the planned wing production to is not contingent on selecting the for the Indian Lockheed has offered to move its entire F-16 to India is yet to make a decision on it.

Producing F-16 in India will strengthen Lockheed Martin's strategic partnership with Advanced Systems Limited and support the 'Make in India' initiative of the government, officials of the company said.

"Building F-16 wings in India is a natural next step that builds on our successful partnerships with on the [Super airlifter] and [helicopter]," said Vivek Lall, for Aeronautics.

"This is a strategic business decision that reflects the value of our partnerships with India and the confidence we have in Tata to perform advanced and deliver world-class products," Lall said.

Lockheed Martin's broader proposed F-16 partnership with India to produce exclusively in India for its and export customers stands firm, the company said.

Lockheed recently submitted a comprehensive, fully compliant 600-plus page Request for Information (RFI) response to the Indian

Last year, and TASL announced their intent to join hands to produce the F-16 Block 70 in India if the is selected by the

The F-16 Block 70 features advanced avionics, a proven Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, a modernised cockpit, advanced weapons, conformal fuel tanks, an automatic ground collision avoidance system, an advanced engine and an industry-leading extended structural service life of 12,000 hours.

To date, 4,604 have been procured by 28 customers around the world. Approximately 3,000 operational are flying today with 25 leading air forces, including the

First Published: Tue, September 04 2018. 17:37 IST
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