US firm to make F-21 in India


Lockheed Martin, US military aviation giant that is offering its F-21 fighter jet to India, says it will make the jet locally and is already working to tie up with Indian suppliers. The firm along with six other global companies is in the tender to produce 110 fighter jets for the Indian Air Force.

On being asked how different is the F-21 jet from the iconic F-16, Vivek Lall, Vice-President, Aeronautics Strategy and Business Development, Lockheed Martin, said, “It has three elements — capability, make in India and cost-effectiveness — all specially configured for India.”

The plane has additional space to add new capabilities. and unique electronic warfare suite specific for India. Crucially, its engine has enhanced thrust settings as per IAF needs, Lall added.  Read More

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