F-21 Fighter Jet, Revealed By Lockheed Martin And Tatas

F-21 Fighter Jet, Revealed By Lockheed Martin And Tatas

F-21 Fighter Jet, Revealed By Lockheed Martin And Tatas 

New Delhi: F-21 multi-role fighter jet was unveiled by Lockheed Martin, the American defence giant, today. The fighter the  jet especially for India, is to be manufactured locally under PM Modi's 'Make in India' initiative, as it eyed a multi-billion dollar military order.

Lockheed Martin's F-21, specifically configured for the Indian Air Force, provides "unmatched" 'Make in India' opportunities and strengthens India's path to an advanced air-power future, the firm said announcing the plan on the opening day at the Aero India 2019 air show in Bengaluru.

The F-21 will be produced by Lockheed Martin and Tata Advanced Systems, in India, for India, it said in a statement.

Earlier, the US Defence major, which had offered its F-16 fighter jets to India, said the F-21 addresses the Indian Air Force's unique requirements and integrates India into the world's largest fighter aircraft ecosystem. 

Dr Vivek Lall said,"The F-21 is different, inside and out," vice president of Strategy and Business Development for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.

He said, "The new [F-21] designation highlights our commitment to delivering an advanced, scalable fighter aircraft to the Indian Air Force that also provides unrivaled industrial opportunities and accelerates closer India-US cooperation on advanced technologies."

The statement said that, this "unprecedented" Make in India opportunity combines the strength of the world's largest defence contractor with India's premier industrial house to deliver "a historic win-win" for India and the United States.

A renowned global security and aerospace company, Lockheed Martin employs approximately 1,05,000 people worldwide.

Lockheed Martin is in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.