India to build F-16 jets

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U.S. aircraft maker Lockheed Martin and the Indian defense firm Tata Advanced Systems Limited signed an agreement this week affirming the companies’ intent to set up a joint production facility for F-16 Block 70 fighter jets in India.

“This unprecedented F-16 production partnership between the world’s largest defense contractor and India’s premier industrial house provides India the opportunity to produce, operate, and export F-16 Block 70 aircraft, the newest and most advanced version of the world’s most successful, combat-proven multi-role fighter,” according to a June 19 Lockheed Martin press statement.

“The F-16 Block 70 is ideally suited to meet the Indian Air Force’s single-engine fighter needs and this unmatched U.S.-Indian industry partnership directly supports India’s initiative to develop private aerospace and defense manufacturing capacity in India,” the statement adds. Tata Advanced Systems and Lockheed Martin have been cooperating in the past with the Indian defense contractor manufacturing airframe components for the C-130J airlifter and S-92 helicopter.
Lockheed Martin Agrees to Build F-16 Fighter Jets in India
 
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.......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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I may have missed the analysis part. Is anyone else seeing a block of PR bumph and a link?
 
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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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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.
How long has Pakistan had F-16s? Quite a while......so 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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.......just as the rest of the world is retiring them.....hey ho......still, all those nice Su-27 derivatives to look forward to .
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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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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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.
Yeah, that may be the case just now, but I wouldn't bet on things staying that way.
 
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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. :)

Regards,
MM
 
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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. :)

Regards,
MM
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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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.
So you're buying licence to build obselete shite to replace really really obselete shite. Feck me no wonder you needed us to run the place.
 
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So you're buying licence to build obselete shite to replace really really obselete shite. Feck me no wonder you needed us to run the place.
In fairness, the Block 70, if produced, will not be obsolete.

Regards,
MM
 
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I take it that means Rafale total remains at 36 airframes

Which ( no offence to aircraft intended) strikes me as little more than sufficient - numbers wise- to add a burden to Indian Training and logistics.

Edit ah I see it isn't the results of the much vaunted rerun / part 2 : stampy feet over price bit of the medium competition - but simply a puff piece
 
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I take it that means Rafale total remains at 36 airframes

Which ( no offence to aircraft intended) strikes me as little more than sufficient - numbers wise- to add a burden to Indian Training and logistics
Completely agree - at vest its going to give you one, possibly rwo sqns for front line use, and an OCU / spares team. This will reduce as attrition hits, so my sense is Rafale will give India one big sqn and a vastly bigger bill to keep this in service. There is a reason most sensible air forces are reducing their aircrsrt fleef types!
 

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