Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Lockheed to make wings for F-16 jet in India with partner Tata

New Delhi: Lockheed Martin will build wings for its F-16 combat plane in India + with its local partner, Tata Advanced Systems Limited, an executive at the US company said on Tuesday.

Lockheed is bidding for a contract - estimated at more than $15 billion - to supply the Indian Air Force with 114 combat planes, which must be all manufactured locally under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's flagship Make in India programme.

However, Vivek Lall, vice president of strategy and business development at Lockheed, said the proposed Indian production of the F-16 wings would not be contingent upon the company winning the order for the planes.

"Producing F-16 wings in India will strengthen Lockheed Martin' strategic partnership with Tata and support Make in India," the company said in a statement.

PM Modi has been pushing for local manufacturing that will provide jobs and also end the military's dependence on imports.

04/09/18 Reuters/Times of India