Lock­heed Martin, Tata an­nounce F-16 In­dia part­ner­ship

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

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 and this un­matched US-In­dian in­dus­try part­ner­ship di­rectly sup­ports In­dia’s ini­tia­tive to de­velop pri­vate aero­space and de­fense man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pac­ity in In­dia.

This un­prece­dented F-16 pro­duc­tion part­ner­ship be­tween the world’s largest de­fense con­trac­tor and In­dia’s pre­mier in­dus­trial house pro­vides In­dia the op­por­tu­nity to pro­duce, op­er­ate and ex­port F-16 Block 70 air­craft, the new­est and most ad­vanced ver­sion of the world’s most suc­cess­ful, com­bat-proven multi-role fighter.

F-16 pro­duc­tion in In­dia sup­ports thou­sands of Lock­heed Martin and F-16 sup­plier jobs in the US, cre­ates new man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs in In­dia, and po­si­tions In­dian in­dus­try at the cen­ter of the most ex­ten­sive fighter air­craft sup­ply ecosys­tem in the world.

“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 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 pro­gramme,” said Or­lando Car­valho, Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent of 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 US, and brings the world’s most com­bat-proven multi-role fighter air­craft to In­dia.”

The Lock­heed Martin-TASL F-16 part­ner­ing agree­ment builds on TASL’s proven per­for­mance man­u­fac­tur­ing air­frame com­po­nents for the C-130J air­lifter and the S-92 he­li­copter. With more than 4,500 pro­duced and ap­prox­i­mately 3,200 op­er­a­tional air­craft world­wide be­ing flown to­day by 26 coun­tries, the F-16 re­mains the world’s most suc­cess­ful, com­bat-proven multi-role fighter ever pro­duced. The F-16 Block 70 is the new­est and most tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced F-16 ever of­fered.

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