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.
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
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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