Lockheed Martin signs pact with Tatas to make F-16s in India

The Lockheed Martin-TASL F-16 partnering agreement builds on TASL's proven performance manufacturing airframe components for the C-130J airlifter and the S-92 helicopter.

By: ENS Economic Bureau | Mumbai | Updated: June 20, 2017 1:28 am
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Lockheed Martin and Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) have signed a pact affirming the intent to join hands to produce F-16 Block 70 fighter planes in India. The announcement comes days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi travels to Washington for a meeting with Donald Trump on June 26.

“This unprecedented F-16 production partnership between the world’s largest defence contractor and India’s premier industrial house provides India the opportunity to produce, operate and export F-16 Block 70 aircraft, the newest and most advanced version of the world’s most successful, combat-proven multi-role fighter,” the two companies said.

Lockheed and Tata said moving production to India would still retain jobs in the US. F-16 production in India supports thousands of Lockheed Martin and F-16 supplier jobs in the US, creates new manufacturing jobs in India, and positions Indian industry at the centre of the most extensive fighter aircraft supply ecosystem in the world, the companies said. “This agreement builds on the already established joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Tata and underscores the relationship and commitment between the two companies,” said N Chandrasekaran, chairman of Tata Sons.

“Our partnership significantly strengthens the F-16 ‘Make in India’ offer, creates and maintains numerous new job opportunities in India and the US, and brings the world’s most combat-proven multi-role fighter aircraft to India,” said Orlando Carvalho, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.

The Lockheed Martin-TASL F-16 partnering agreement builds on TASL’s proven performance manufacturing airframe components for the C-130J airlifter and the S-92 helicopter. With more than 4,500 produced and approximately 3,200 operational aircraft worldwide being flown today by 26 countries, the F-16 remains the world’s most successful, combat-proven multi-role fighter ever produced. The F-16 Block 70 is the newest and most technologically advanced F-16 ever offered.

The letter of intent was signed by Sukaran Singh, CMD of TASL and George Standridge, V-P of strategy and business development of Lockheed. Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus, Tata Sons and Orlando Carvalho, Executive V-P, Lockheed, were also present.

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    narayan kutty
    Jun 20, 2017 at 2:41 pm
    Modi is a world champion.
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      True indian
      Jun 20, 2017 at 2:26 pm
      For alteast now the Domain and Subject matter experts will be given more importance. Whereas our public sector companies under central government will employ only those who knows Hindi language. We lost many specialist who migrated to other countries as major employment opportunities in central government is only for Hindi speaking people. So much for Democracy , secularism and equality.
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        Arvind
        Jun 20, 2017 at 7:22 pm
        You are mistaken. Only paper pusher incompetent people are hired by the government. They dont care about Hindi or Telugu. This type of work is unsuited for government employees. Its a private sector job. Hindi has nothing to do with it.
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        Guest
        Jun 20, 2017 at 2:12 pm
        I do not understand why Tata wants to build this aircraft which will soon be phased out. Tata Should not provide a platform to the US to dump their obselete equipments into India. And why is the Indian media not question this?
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          Amitava Biswas
          Jun 20, 2017 at 2:59 pm
          Rich cant understand pain of poor.
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            Amitava Biswas
            Jun 20, 2017 at 3:05 pm
            Then u provide the 5th generation technology to india. We will bless you a long life.
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              Guest
              Jun 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm
              5th Gen aircraft was offered by Eurofighter and is being offered by Russia. Thank you for wishing me a long life. I always wanted to get older without being old. Sarcasm is bliss.
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            Kamal Pasha
            Jun 20, 2017 at 1:40 pm
            After sucking the mango, Lockheed Martin is giving the Gotli to India/Tata. Tata bought the second hand Rover Car and second hand Steel plants of UK. Tata lost fortunes. Nobody will profit making companies to you.
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              KS KUMAR
              Jun 20, 2017 at 1:31 pm
              This is a great achievement. Unfortunately most of the media instead of giving coverage to such a positive news, talk about irrelevant issues.
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                Arvind
                Jun 20, 2017 at 7:25 pm
                It will still establish an advanced aircraft manufacturing base in the private sector. How many nations in the world can build an aircraft of this sophistication ? Not even china. India has to start somewhere, instead of buying all its defense equipment around the world.
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