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Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 15:25
Lockheed unveils new F-21 fighter jet configured for India
By Reuters
Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 15:25 By Reuters

Visitors queue to have closer look at a static display of a Lockheed Martin F-35 at the Singapore Airshow in Singapore on Feb 18, 2016. (ROSLAN RAHMAN / AFP)

NEW DELHI — Lockheed Martin offered India a new combat jet, F-21, on Wednesday to be made locally, in a bid to win a large military order worth over US$15billion.

The US defence firm had earlier offered its F-16 fighter for the Indian air force's ongoing competition for 114 planes to be made in India

The US defence firm had earlier offered its F-16 fighter used by countries around the world for the Indian air force's ongoing competition for 114 planes to be made in India.

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But Lockheed, unveiling the plan at an airshow in the southern city of Bengaluru, said it was offering India a newplane configured for its needs.

"The F-21 is different, inside and out,” Vivek Lall, vice president of Strategy and Business Development for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, said in a statement.

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The company will build the plane in collaboration with Tata Advanced Systems, the firm said.

Lockheed is competing with Boeing's F/A-18, Saab's Gripen, Dassault Aviation’s Rafale, the Eurofighter Typhoon and a Russian aircraft for the air force order.

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