NEW DELHI: American defence major Lockheed Martin on Thursday said it has offered to move its lone production line of the latest version of fighter aircraft F 16-Block 70 to India from Texas to meet Indian and global requirement.
However, the company made it clear the proposal is "conditional" to IAF choosing the world's largest-sold fighter aircraft for its fleet.
"The offer we have given to the Indian government is unmatched and from our side unprecedented," Randall L Howard, F16 Business Development head at Lockheed Martin, said here.
Interacting with mediapersons here, Howard said the company wants to make F 16-Block 70 "for India, from India and export to the world".
However, he parried questions on whether the company is willing to give a commitment not to sell F16s to Pakistan saying it will be part of discussions between the Indian and American governments.
Asked if the offer to move the production line from Fort Worth to India is conditional to IAF picking up the aircraft for its fleet, Abhay Paranjape, National Executive, India said, "Yes".
霍华德和新德里的媒体人士互动，他说，公司希望在印度为其制造F16 block 70战机，然后出口世界。
He said it is conditional to assured orders from the Indian Air Force which is looking to acquire new aircraft to beef up its depleting strength.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said India will choose at least one more aircraft, besides the indigenous Tejas, for the IAF through the 'Make in India' route.
Lockheed Martin, which has sold 4,588 F16s in the world, faces competition from its American rival Boeing (F/A-18E), Dassault Aviation of France (Rafale), Swedish plane Gripen by Saab and the Eurofighter.
All the companies have offered to set up a production facility here.
"But we are offering not only moving the lone production line to India but also meeting the global requirement through the same unit here," Howard said, adding it is a "win-win situation".
Good opportunity for India, bring in business and increase employment.
Yes, good response from Lokheed Martin due to PM Modi''s Make-in-India initiative. Only condition we should put is that the fighter jets manufactured on Indian soil cannot be sold (donated) to Pakistan or China.
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If Pakistan and China also fly F16 then there will be good balance of power. We can''t eat the cake and have it too. Any country should be able to buy it for their defence
so we should donate some money to pukistan to have balance
Two people can only oppose this move, either Pakistan or Congress
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That''s precisely the Modi effect. Modiji is working day and night in the Interest of the nation and slowly results are there for everyone to see, things are finally falling in place
This is unprecedented. Twenty years back, we did not think this was possible. It shows the trust India is gaining overseas.
US govt won''t allow. This is a marketing ploy.
India should go for F-35. F-16 is a great jet from the past and F-35 is a great jet for the future. It can literally go inside China or Pakistan, bomb and can come back. It is practically invisible to radars. With F-35 already in operation it does not make sens eto get F-16 or even super sukhoi. India needs to invest wisely looking at the future not at the past.
Make them sign that they will not sell any plane to Pakistan and then start talk with Lokheed Martin and USA government to abide with it