Lockheed and Tata Jointly Develop F-16 Planes in India (Download PDF)


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Lockheed Martin and Tata Advanced Systems have signed an agreement to construct F-16 fighter planes in India and announcement in this regard was made at the Paris Airshow. The main objective of Lockheed Martin behind tai-up with Tata is meant to winning billions of dollars worth order from the Indian military.

Lockheed And Tata Jointly Develop F-16 Planes

Lockheed And Tata Jointly Develop F-16 Planes

Lockheed And Tata Jointly Develop F-16 Planes


  • Air force of India requires replacing its soviet-era aircrafts with hundreds of aircraft but according to the Make-in-India initiative to make planes and build a domestic industrial base in India, foreign and local suppliers have to create partnership to cut outright imports.
  • But Make-in-India initiative come out as first campaign of President Donald Trump, so Trump wants the companies to invest in the United States and create jobs instead of create factories in abroad.
  • So both the companies production base to India will be retain jobs in the United States.
  • Manufacturing of F-16 in India will create new job vacancies in manufacturing and also expected to reach Indian industry at the centre of the most extensive fighter aircraft supply ecosystem in the world.
  • Gripen fighter a modern alternative to the F-16s may be manufactured from India but still local partner is not announced.
  • US, Russia and Israel are the top three arms supplier of India.
  • Currently 26 countries are using F-16s across the world.
  • Lockheed Martin is offering the most modern model of all F-16s model “Block 70”

About Lockheed Martin:

  • Lockheed Martin is the largest aerospace, defences, security, and advanced technologies company of America.
  • It was founded in 1995 after the merger of Lockheed Corporation and Martin Marietta.
  • Its headquartered is located at Maryland.

- Published/Last Modified on: June 24, 2017


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