Lockheed Martin and Tata Announce F-16 'Make in India' Partnership
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Lockheed Martin and Tata Announce F-16 'Make in India' Partnership

The landmark agreement supports the newest version of the F-16 Block 70
Lockheed Martin and Tata Announce F-16 Make in India Partnership

Paris: In a huge push to aerospace and defence manufacturing in India, Lockheed Martin and Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) signed a landmark agreement affirming the companies’ intent to join hands to produce the F-16 Block 70 in India. The F-16 Block 70 is ideally suited to meet the Indian Air Force’s single-engine fighter needs, should they choose to select it in the future. This also affirms the Indian government's 'Make in India' initiative.

This will give India an opportunity to setup a technologically advanced manufacturing base to produce, operate and export F-16 Block 70 aircraft, which is the most advanced version of the this multi-role fighter.

While this would create manufacturing jobs in India, it remains to be seen whether it would have an impact on Indo-American relations with the American President saying 'America First'.

“This agreement builds on the already established joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Tata and underscores the relationship and commitment between the two companies,” said Mr. N. Chandrasekaran, chairman of Tata Sons.

“Lockheed Martin is honored to partner with Indian defense and aerospace leader Tata Advanced Systems Limited on the F-16 program, said Orlando Carvalho, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. “Our partnership significantly strengthens the F-16 ‘Make in India’ offer, creates and maintains numerous new job opportunities in India and the U.S., and brings the world’s most combat-proven multi-role fighter aircraft to India.”

The importance of the agreement can be gauged by the presence of Ratan Tata, Interim Chairman of Tata Sons.


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