SWOT ANAL­Y­SIS

How the two air­craft stack up

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LOCK­HEED-MARTIN F-16 BLOCK 70

Strength Among the best sin­gle-en­gined jet fighters of all time; in ser­vice with 25 coun­tries Weak­ness 40-year-old de­sign; main­stay of the Pak­istan Air Force

Op­por­tu­nity Lock­heed Martin will trans­fer pro­duc­tion line to In­dia, make it re­gional hub for F-16 spares Threat PM Modi’s Make in In­dia will con­flict with Pres­i­dent Trump’s Amer­ica First

SAAB GRIPEN E

Strength 1990s de­sign; ad­vanced sen­sor tech; lower op­er­at­ing costs

Weak­ness Uses an Amer­i­can en­gine Op­por­tu­nity Saab of­fer to build world’s most mod­ern air­craft plant in In­dia, kick­start aero­space sec­tor Threat US packs greater diplo­matic heft, cru­cial if deal is de­cided on po­lit­i­cal grounds

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