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F-16 enables India to be world’s largest fighter aircraft ecosystem

F-16 enables India to be world’s largest fighter aircraft ecosystem

Context:

Lockheed Martin, which is the world’s largest defence company has offered to relocate its entire production line to India and intends to create an F-16 “assembly line” in India.

F-16 Fighting Falcon:

Importance:

  • F-16 jets give India a unique opportunity to be at the centre of the world’s largest fighter aircraft ecosystem
  •  It is a programme with proven performance to meet its operational needs and ‘Make in India’ priorities.
  • The F-16 provides unprecedented manufacturing, sustainment, upgrade and export opportunities to Indian industry well into the future.
  • The F-16 remains the backbone of the US Air Force, the world’s most capable air force.
  • Structural and avionic upgrades to the US F-16 fleet will extend service life to 2045, while the F-16 becomes even more capable as technology enhancements from the F-22 and F-35 are continuously integrated across all three platforms.

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