Lockheed Martin pitches for India order with new fighter

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Bengaluru, Feb 20  Eyeing an Indian order, US aerospace major Lockheed Martin on Wednesday showcased its F-21 multirole fighter that it says is configured for the IAF.

“Our F-21 addresses the IAF’s requirements and integrates India into the world’s fighter aircraft ecosystem,” a Lockheed Martin spokesperson told IANS on the margins of the Aero India expo at the Yelahanka air base.

The spokesperson, however, clarified that India was yet to float a request for information or proposal for the new aircraft.

“The F-21 is different, inside and out. It highlights our commitment to deliver an advanced, scalable fighter for IAF,” Lockheed Martin’s Vice President for business and strategy development Vivek Lall said in a statement.

If Lockheed Martin gets the order, it says it will make the fighter in India with Tata Advanced Systems of the Tata Group. – IANS

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