Lockheed Martin offers F-21 exclusively to India

Published: May 15, 2019
Email
Company offers to build F-21 exclusively for Indian air force. PHOTO: FILE

Company offers to build F-21 exclusively for Indian air force. PHOTO: FILE

US defence and aerospace company Lockheed Martin has offered its newly rolled out F-21 fighter jets exclusively to India, Press Trust of India reported.

The defence giant will not sell the F-21’s to any other country if India places an order for 114 jets, with the move being used to pitch itself ahead of its US, European and Russian competitors.

Vivek Lall, the strategy and business development vice president at Lockheed Martin, said if his company wins the Indian Air Force (IAF) contract, India will be integrated into the company’s global fighter ecosystem, which is a $165 billion market.

Desperate to clinch lucrative India deal, Lockheed rebrands F-16

“We will not sell this platform and the configuration to anyone in the world. It is a significant commitment by Lockheed Martin and it shows the importance of India and importance of unique requirement India has,” Lall said while speaking to Press Trust of India.

Lall further stated if Lockheed Martin wins the contract, they will set up an F-21 manufacturing facility in India along with the Tata Group, and also help the country create an economy to boost their defence manufacturing.

In April, the IAF issued an initial tender to acquire the 114 fighter jets for around $18 billion, a deal which can be described one of the world’s biggest military procurement in recent years.

US approves anti-submarine helicopter sale to India

The F-21 is different from Lockheed’s F-16 Block 70 in terms of airframe, weapons capability and engine matrix.

“As for example, you are now looking at 12,000 hours of service life airframe in F-21 versus 8,000 hours previously (F-16 Block 70). The additional 40 per cent weapons carrying capability is new in F-21 which was not there in F-16 Block 70. The electronic warfare system is uniquely developed for India. Looking from a distance may make it look similar to F-16 Block 70, but it is different,” Lall stated.

Advertised with the tag line “For India. From India,” the company has offered to build the plane in collaboration with India’s Tata Advanced Systems. For a contract that could amount to as much as $15 billion for the winner, Lockheed’s offering will go up against Boeing’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, the Gripen offered by Saab of Sweden, the Dassault Rafale, the Eurofighter Typhoon and an as yet unknown offering from Russia.

 

 

Facebook Conversations

Reader Comments (2)

  • MirFareed
    May 15, 2019 - 4:56PM

    40-year old technology with iPhone touch screens is being sold to India. Much better to buy new Russian SU-35s.Recommend

  • Sophie
    May 15, 2019 - 6:50PM

    @MirFareed: 40-year old technology with iPhone touch screens is being sold to India. Much better to buy new Russian SU-35s.

    Su 35 has been around for 30 years and American technology has always dwarfed Russian/Chinese.Recommend

Leave Your Reply Below

Your comments may appear in The Express Tribune paper. For this reason we encourage you to provide your city. The Express Tribune does not bear any responsibility for user comments.

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive. For more information, please see our Comments FAQ.

More in World