American defence giant unveils F-21 multi-role fighter, for India

Amid all of the disputes on the Rafale jet fighter deal, American defence giant Lockheed Martin today unveiled the F-21 multi-role fighter jet especially for India.

It need be mentioned that it will be manufactured locally under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.

It was said that the Lockheed Martin claims it to be specifically configured for the Indian Air Force.

The firm announced the plan on the opening day at the Aero India 2019 air show in Bengaluru.

Lockheed Martin and Tata Advanced Systems would produce the F-21 in India, for India, it said in a statement.

The US Defence major, which had earlier offered its F-16 fighter jets to India, said the F-21 addresses the Indian Air Force’s unique requirements and integrates India into the world’s largest fighter aircraft ecosystem.

This “unprecedented” Make in India opportunity combines the strength of the world’s largest defence contractor with India’s premier industrial house to deliver “a historic win-win” for India and the United States, the statement said.

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