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Washington mulls F-16 aircraft production boost for Ukraine

Lockheed Martin has announced intention to transfer F-16 line to India, if the company were declared winner of IAF tender

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Ajai Shukla
After controversially deciding to send main battle tanks to Ukraine to boost its embattled military, the US is considering ramping up production of F-16 fighters to send to Ukraine, says a report in the Financial Times (FT).

A news report in FT on Thursday quotes Frank St John, the chief operating officer of Lockheed Martin, which builds the F-16, as saying that there was “a lot of conversation about third party transfers of F-16s”, which implies that countries would re-export American aircraft that they have to boost Ukraine’s ability to defend its airspace against Russian fighters.

St John stated that Lockheed Martin

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First Published: Jan 26 2023 | 10:03 PM IST

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