Lockheed Martin unveil F-21 fighter jet for India

Lockheed Martin unveiled the F-21 fighter jet at an airshow in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru.

On Wednesday, in a development that underscores an increase fostering of U.S.-India defense ties, Lockheed Martin has offered India a new combat jet – F-21; it will be made locally.

The strategic offer is a bid to win large military contracts over $15 billion.

Earlier, Lockheed Martin had offered its F-16 fighter jet, which is used by countries around the world, for the Indian air force’s ongoing competition for 114 planes which will be manufactured in India.

In the southern city of Bengaluru, Lockheed Martin unveiled its latest plan at an airshow and said the new plane will be configured for India’s needs.

“The F-21 is different, inside and out,” said Vivek Lall, vice president of Strategy and Business Development for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, in a statement.

Lockheed Martin will build the plane in collaboration with Tata Advanced Systems, said the firm.

Lockheed is competing with Boeing’s F/A-18, Dassault Aviation’s Rafale, Saab’s Gripen, the Eurofighter Typhoon and a Russian aircraft for the air force order.

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