We are very excited about the F-21 for India, a true game changer for the Indian Air Force, the Indian industry and India-US strategic ties. We are confident that the F-21 is the best solution to meet the Indian Air Force’s capability needs, provide Make in India industrial opportunities and accelerate India-US cooperation on advanced technologies, including, but not limited to, fighter aircraft.
Specifically configured for the Indian Air Force, the F-21 addresses the Indian Air Force’s unique requirements. The F-21 is an advanced single-engine, multi-role fighter at the most optimal Life Cycle Cost for the Indian Air Force with the longest service life of any competitor, 12,000 flight hours. Simply put, “the F-21 goes further, faster, and stays longer than the competition”. The F-21 will meet all of India’s performance, capability and advanced technology requirements, and provide unmatched opportunities for Indian companies of all sizes and suppliers throughout India. Such an F-21 partnership also integrates India into the world’s largest and most successful fighter aircraft ecosystem: a USD $165 billion market and demonstrates Lockheed Martin’s commitment to India, to deliver an advanced, scalable fighter to the Indian Air Force that also provides unrivalled industrial partnership opportunities.
The F-21 provides unmatched opportunities for Indian companies of all sizes, Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and suppliers throughout India, to establish new business relationships with Lockheed Martin and other industry leaders in the US and around the globe. In addition to creating thousands of new jobs for the Indian industry, F-21 production in India also supports thousands of US jobs.
L&M is encouraged by the positive trend in India-US relations, notably on the defence-industrial partnership front. Defence-industrial partnerships have long been a hallmark of strategic ties and trust between both the nations. For example, in collaboration with Tata Advanced Systems, the company has established an industrial base in Hyderabad where currently it is producing C-130J empennages, which incidentally are on all Super Hercules aircraft globally and a metal-to-metal bonding facility at the same location. This bears testimony to its contribution to the development of Indo-US defence industrial partnership.
It envisages tremendous strength and opportunity in India’s defence industry both private and public. Companies are always looking for strategic Indian industry partners across the country, (Indian companies of all sizes, including micro, small & medium enterprises and suppliers throughout India), to collaborate and explore security solutions which are unique to India. Many foundational agreements have been made between India and the United States that put bilateral defence ties on a strong trajectory.