Amid the Rafale controversy brewing, a major boost has come under the ‘Make In India’ initiative.
It is now being said that the Lockheed Martin has announced sourcing the wings of the F-16 fighter jets from India itself.
The company is already in agreement with Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) for the production of the wings.
It was confirmed by the Lockheed officials that planned F-16 wing production to India is not contingent on India selecting the F-16 for the Indian Air Force.
The company, it be recalled, has earlier offered to move its entire F-16 manufacturing base to India if the fighter is selected by India for its air force.
The company said that building F-16 wings in India is a natural next step that builds on our successful partnerships with Tata on the C-130J [Super Hercules airlifter] and S-92 [helicopter].
It is said that around 3000 operational F-16s are flying today with 25 leading air forces including the US Air Force.>