American aircraft company Lockheed Martin has said that if India signs a contract to purchase new F-21 fighter aircraft, then these aircraft will not be sold to other countries. The first aircraft company has offered this kind of competition to American, European and Russian companies for a wide range of purchasing deals. Vivek Lal, vice president, strategic and business development for Lockheed Martin, said that if the F-21 contract is received, then India will be part of the company’s global fighter planes, which is a $165 billion market.
Lal said in an interview that the new fighter aircraft has been designed to operate from over 60 stations in the air force in India and its important aspects include superior engine matrix, electronic warfare capability and capability of carrying arms. He said, “We will not sell this platform and structure to anyone else in the world.
This is a significant commitment from Lockheed Martin and it underscores the importance of India and the unique needs of India. “Last month, the Air Force asked RFI for the purchase of 114 fighter aircraft at a cost of around $ 18 billion and initial tender was issued. It has been seen as the biggest purchase of Army in recent years.
The top contenders of the deal include Lockheed’s F-21, Boeing’s F / A-18, Rafale of Dassault Aviation, Eurofighter Typhoon, Russian MiG-35 and Gripen. Lal said that if Lockheed Martin gets an agreement then it will set up an F-21 state-of-the-art manufacturing center with Tata Group.
Lockheed unveiled F-21 during the Aero India show in Bangalore in February. The company said that it will meet the specific requirements of the Indian Air Force.