Tata & Lockheed Martin sign F-16 Block 70 aircraft agreement
PARIS. Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) and Lockheed Martin officials signed an agreement with the intent to jointly produce the F-16 Block 70 in India.
This F-16 production partnership between Lockheed Martin and TASL provides India the opportunity to produce, operate, and export F-16 Block 70 aircraft, officials say. The Lockheed Martin-TASL F-16 partnering agreement builds on TASL's performance of manufacturing airframe components for the C-130J airlifter and the S-92 helicopter.
The F-16 Block 70 is suited to meet the Indian air force's single-engine fighter needs and this U.S.-Indian industry partnership directly supports India's initiative to develop private aerospace and defense manufacturing capacity in India.
F-16 production in India supports thousands of Lockheed Martin and F-16 supplier jobs in the U.S. and creates new manufacturing jobs in India.
Orlando Carvalho, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, says "Our partnership significantly strengthens the F-16 'Make in India' offer, creates and maintains numerous new job opportunities in India and the U.S., and brings the world's most combat-proven multi-role fighter aircraft to India."