Lockheed Martin Offers to Make F16 Fighters in India

Maryland-based Lockheed Martin announced that it can  jointly manufacture its F-16 Block 70 fighter jets with Tata Advanced Systems Limited, India. The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the Paris Air Show 2017 and it will provide India the opportunity to produce, operate and export F-16 Block 70 aircraft, the newest and most advanced version of the combat-proven multi-role fighter.

India proposes to acquire 150 new warplanes for $12 billion, and Lockheed and Tata confirmed to CNNMoney that F-16 production in India will move forward only if Lockheed wins the order.

Highlights of the Deal:

  • Lockheed says, “F-16 production in India supports thousands of Lockheed Martin and F-16 supplier jobs in the U.S.”
  • This partnership supports Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative
  • India stands to become the manufacturing and export base for all F-16s worldwide: 26 countries where 3,200 F-16s are currently flown

CNNMoney quotes a Tata spokesman who said that Lockheed and Tata are also in talks to make F-16 components in India if the air force deal doesn’t materialize.

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June 20, 2017   No Comments

Lockheed Martin Launches Cyber Security Education in India

Lockheed Martin, in association with the Data Security Council of India, has launched CyberAware, an online portal with interactive content on cyber security. This initiative will increase cyber security awareness of those working in small and medium businesses, and students of vocational and technical training institutes, reports Defense World.

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Dr. Robie I. Samanta Roy, vice president of Technology Strategy and Innovation, Lockheed Martin said, “Online safety and security is vital to the growth of small and medium-sized businesses in India. CyberAware can help educate businesses on functioning in an ever-evolving digital landscape.”

 

December 31, 2016   No Comments

Lockheed Martin Hopes to Manufacture in India

Following an Indian suppliers’ meeting in Bangalore on November 8, executives of Lockheed Martin spoke to defenseworld.net and said that they would look at starting the ‘Make-in-India’ manufacturing project with 12 F-16 jets a year going up to 36 at peak.

Randall L Howard, head of  business development head  for the F-16 platform and Abhay Paranjape, director, business development-India interacted with over 40 Indian entities who showed interest in being part of the F-16 manufacturing project.

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The partnership with India is being discussed between the Indian the U.S. government and if the deal comes through as a foreign military sales agreement, then a certain number of aircraft would be sold to India under ‘flyaway condition’, and the rest would be manufactured in India. These jets would also be exported to markets in the Middle -East, Eastern Europe and Asia.

 

November 9, 2016   No Comments

India’s Defense Ministry Plans $223 Billion Spend

India is planning to spend $223 billion on weapons over the next eleven years. Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar has asked his ministry to project the expected cost of upgrading and modernizing India’s armed forces. An annual hike of 8 percent in capital spending will be allocated in each year’s budget.

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The Ministry of Defense has set a target for inducting 170 fighter jets for the India Air Force, 12 more submarines, 500  helicopters, artillery guns and tanks for the Indian Army and indigenous aircraft carriers  says Defense World.

The capital spending for the present fiscal year ending March 31, 2017 is approximately $13 billion. The entire planned hike for the next 11 years will average out to an annual spend of $20 billion.

Lockheed Martin, which is winding down F-16 production in the U.S., has offered to shift its entire F-16 production line to India. Boeing Co and Saab AB are also offering to shift some production to India, reports The Voice Times.

 

August 28, 2016   No Comments

Lockheed, Northrop JV to Supply Fire Control Radar Systems to India

Longbow LLC, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin, headquartered in Maryland, and Virginia-based Northrop Grumman, will supply fire control radar (FCR) systems with advanced air and ground targeting capabilities for India’s AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, making India its 11th international customer, reports DefenseNews.

Under this contract, $57.1 million is obligated to Longbow LLC with a total value of  of up to $116.7 million. The contract covers the production of 12 Longbow FCR systems and spares for India. Production will extend through early 2019 at Lockheed Martin’s Orlando and Ocala, Florida, facilities and at Northrop Grumman’s Baltimore facility.

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Longbow FCR

“With Longbow FCR, the Indian Air Force will receive a rapid all-weather targeting capability,” Jim Messina, Longbow LLC’s president and director of Longbow programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, said in a statement. “The FCR’s air over-watch mode provides aircrews with 360-degree situational awareness, improving survivability and mission success,” he added.

May 3, 2016   No Comments