Thursday, February 13, 2020

Ready to help IAF on Tejas and AMCA projects: Lockheed Martin ahead of Trump's India visit

New Delhi: US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin has offered to help India in its multi-billion-dollar programme to develop a next-generation advanced multi-role combat aircraft and boost capability of the Tejas fighter jet.

The offer by the US aerospace firm comes ahead of President Donald Trump's maiden visit to India on February 24-25 during which both strategic partners are expected to further expand defence and military cooperation.
Vivek Lall, vice president of Strategy and Business Development for Lockheed Martin, said the company is "very open" to assisting India in the further development of the Tejas combat jet as well as the ambitious next-generation aircraft.

"We are very open to any requirement from the government of India or the Indian Air Force for any help for the Tejas as well as the AMCA (advanced multi-role combat aircraft) project," Lall told PTI in an interview without divulging specifics.

The indigenously developed Tejas has been a showpiece project of India being implemented by the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA).

Both HAL and ADA are now focusing on an upgraded version of Tejas to make it a world-class plane.

India is also working on an ambitious USD 5 billion projects to develop a fifth-generation medium weight deep penetration fighter jet to significantly bolster its air power capability.
13/02/20 PTI/New Indian Express
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