Bengaluru: US defence firm Lockheed Martin on Wednesday unveiled the F-21 multi-role fighter for India, specifically configured for the Indian Air Force.The F-21 has claimed to provide unmatched Make in India opportunities while strengthening India’s path to an advanced airpower future. Also Read - Make in India: FESSChain to Launch InBlock Mobiles For Domestic Smartphone Market
Lockheed Martin and Tata Advanced Systems would produce the F-21 in India, for India, the firm said in a statement. Also Read - Another Blow to China as Railways Floats Fresh Tender, Pushes 'Make in India' For 44 Vande Bharat Trains
Dr Vivek Lall, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics added, “The F-21 is different, inside and out.” Also Read - Independence Day 2020: 'Make in India' Anti-drone System Deployed Near Red Fort During PM Modi's Address
The new [F-21] designation highlights our commitment to delivering an advanced, scalable fighter aircraft to the Indian Air Force that also provides unrivalled industrial opportunities and accelerates closer India-US cooperation on advanced technologies.”
“The F-21 is a unique fighter aircraft we are offering only to the Indian airforce. It is not going to be on offer for anyone else around the world. We have a strategic partnership with Tata on this program,” Vivek Lall asserted.
This 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.
Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 1,05,000 people worldwide. It is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.