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Lockheed Martin to produce made in India F-16 wings in next 3 years

Tata Advanced Systems Limited is Lockheed Martin's strategic industry partner to make F16 wings

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

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American and defence Friday said fighter jets will start flying with made in India wings in the next three years, provided the components made by its Indian strategic industry partner are certified by a US agency.

The US agency which certifies components is DCMA. It is an agency of the reporting to Under Secretary of Defence for Acquisition and Sustainment.

"In next two to three years, of wings will be made in India by our Indian partner, provided the components which they make are certified and approved of by our defence agency," told PTI in an interview here.

is Lockheed Martin's strategic industry partner to make wings. The tie-up was announced in September this year.

Shaw said defence procurement world over is a long process and India was no exception.

has said its broader proposed partnership with India to produce exclusively in India for its and export customers stands firm.

Asked where F16s would be made in India, Shaw said it would be decided by the "because it is a matter of national security as well."

Replying to a query, Shaw said he was not aware of the size of investments made in this project, but the company is aware of the costs and investments required as it has been working with TASL for last one decade.

Responding to another question, Shaw said there were more than 70 suppliers from Tier 1 cities with whom the company is in touch who could become suppliers.

"There are a number of small and medium enterprises," he added.

The company's F-16 suppliers interacted with these companies as part of the Lockheed Martin-Tata Suppliers conference held in Bengaluru earlier this week.

First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 18:45 IST