Not Just F-16 Fighters, Ready To Make Javelin Missiles In India: Lockheed Martin Officials

Javelin missile combines “fire and forget” and “man in the loop” capability, with range of up to 4km

New Delhi:  With the Indian Air Force beginning the process of buying 110 fighter jets, in a deal that could be worth more than $15 billion, Lockheed Martin has expressed its readiness to shift its F-16 fighter aircraft manufacturing unit to India and the US government, according to the manufacturer, will allow it to do that.

That apart, the American global aerospace and defence major is also prepared to transfer the technology of its third generation anti-armour Javelin guided missile system to India for its future manufacture.

At least two Lockheed officials at the DefExpo 18 told news agency IANS that if the defence procurement deals were signed with the company that is all geared to bid for the world’s biggest fighter jet order, it would walk the extra mile and transfer technology to local partners for sophisticated parts of defence products.

“We are offering a deal that is completely compatible with ‘Make in India’; offering a stand-up production line in India,” said Randall L. Howard, who heads International Business Development for aircraft at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.

He said more than 4,000 F-16s have been sold to countries across the world. “We are offering to shift the manufacturing base and produce all of our F-16s in India; not just for India, but for the whole world, across South East Asia, across South America, across Middle East.” 

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