India to build F-16 jets

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  1. Lockheed Martin Agrees to Build F-16 Fighter Jets in India
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  2. .......just as the rest of the world is retiring them.....hey ho......still, all those nice Su-27 derivatives to look forward to .
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  3. Built any indoor toilets?
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  4. Sixty

    Sixty LE Moderator Book Reviewer
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    I may have missed the analysis part. Is anyone else seeing a block of PR bumph and a link?
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  5. So they will get the export version, that will be vastly dumbed down performance wise from the real version and sucked into a lifetime of US mandated FMS buys - great for the us economy, a giant step backwards for Indian indigenous capability.
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  6. Didn't know F-16s had indoor toilets.
    And HTF does the US reconcile the exporting of technology. Didn't someone once get done for flogging batteries? And here's dear old India being allowed to build aircraft, no-matter if obsolete or not. :cool:
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  7. How long has Pakistan had F-16s? Quite a it's cutting edge stuff your biggest potential enemy has complete knowledge of...

    Still, at least they'll stop producing all those shoddy knock-off Mig-21 spares that have made the Indian Fishbeds flying deathtraps.
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  8. F 16's are not going anywhere...they are here to stay for another 15-20 years.

    F 16,if selected by India would only serve as a MIG 21 replacement and not a frontline fighter like SU-30.
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  9. It's LM preparing to bid on a future fighter contract by lining up a local partner for assembly. This is to provide a cheaper lower end fighter to give the Indian Air Force larger numbers to supplement the higher end planes (e.g the Rafale).

    They will have to compete with the Indian designed Tejas for the contract. Unless the Tejas turns out really badly, I wouldn't rate LM's chances on this as being very great.
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  10. Yeah, that may be the case just now, but I wouldn't bet on things staying that way.
  11. Wordsmith

    Wordsmith LE Book Reviewer

    @earth Surely the fabulous Indian technical capabilities mean you can build a jet of your own design that far outclasses that American crap.

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  12. Incorrect.

    Lockheed Martin and Tata have provisionally agreed to build the proposed F-16 Block 70 in India. This depends entirely on the following:

    a. India holding a fighter competition for a foreign type in which a winner could be announced within a geological epoch.

    b. The proposed F-16 Block 70 winning against likely competition from the Gripen E/F and possibly other contenders.

    c. The US Congress approving the required technology transfer for the Block 70 and proposed weapons.

    d. Tata being able to meet the requisite security, QC and commercial requirements of the above (something which has proved a tad of a stumbling block on the Rafale).

    e. The F-16 Block 70 working to Indian requirements without further commercial and political arguments.

    Other than that, your post is spot on. :)

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  13. I heard some interesting stories from people involved in fighter exporting about how the factories quite literally had all manner of birds and assorted wildlife charging around it. Not exactly Warton...
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