Lockheed Martin offers to shift F16- Block70 production line to India

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India Have to Buy this F-16 Block 70 Technology jet?

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  1. hardip

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    Aug 4, 2016, 8:17 PM (IST)

    New Delhi, August 4
    American defence major Lockheed Martin on
    Thursday said it has offered to move its lone
    production line of the latest version of fighter
    aircraft F 16-Block 70 to India from Texas to
    meet Indian and global requirement.
    However, the company made it clear the
    proposal is "conditional" to IAF choosing the
    world's largest-sold fighter aircraft for its fleet.
    "The offer we have given to the Indian
    government is unmatched and from our side
    unprecedented," Randall L Howard, F16
    Business Development head at Lockheed Martin,
    said here.
    (Follow The Tribune on Facebook ; and Twitter
    @thetribunechd )
    Interacting with mediapersons here, Howard
    said the company wants to make F 16-Block 70
    “for India, from India and export to the world”.
    However, he parried questions on whether the
    company is willing to give a commitment not to
    sell F16s to Pakistan saying it will be part of
    discussions between the Indian and American
    governments.
    Asked if the offer to move the production line
    from Fort Worth to India is conditional to IAF
    picking up the aircraft for its fleet, Abhay
    Paranjape, national executive, India, said, "Yes".
    He said it is conditional to assured orders from
    the Indian Air Force which is looking to acquire
    new aircraft to beef up its depleting strength.
    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said
    India will choose at least one more aircraft,
    besides the indigenous Tejas, for the IAF
    through the 'Make in India' route.
    Lockheed Martin, which has sold 4,588 F16s in
    the world, faces competition from its American
    rival Boeing (F/A-18E), Dassault Aviation of
    France (Rafale), Swedish plane Gripen by Saab
    and the Eurofighter.
    All the companies have offered to set up a
    production facility here.
    "But we are offering not only moving the lone
    production line to India but also meeting the
    global requirement through the same unit here,"
    Howard said, adding it is a "win-win situation".
    Arguing the F 16-Block 70 will be the best
    fighter aircraft in the Indian region, he said, "It
    is critical for you to pick up a partner who will
    deliver on his promise.”
    Howard said the company is having multiple
    discussions with the government here besides
    the industry and "they have not been told to go
    away", indicating the discussions are on.
    He added Lockheed believes the production in
    India will also bring down the cost of the
    aircraft which in turn will increase its global
    demand.
    Howard did not reply to questions on the kind
    of investment the company plans to make in the
    country and whether it would be looking at a
    100 per cent FDI, saying it was too early to
    discuss this.
    He said the aim of the company right now was
    to give maximum data to the government and
    the IAF so they can be helped in making an
    informed decision.
    The company termed India as the "new
    epicentre of the world's most extensive,
    industrial defence network".
    Company sources said besides catering to
    India's demand, they are also looking at a
    potential export order of another 100 aircraft.
    Lockheed officials said the US Air Force will
    continue to fly F16s for decades to come.
    They added the new avionics configuration is
    the largest leap in F16 combat capability and
    represents the most significant F16 upgrade till
    date.
    The company said current order allows the
    production line in the US to stay open till late
    2017. If a foreign order comes through, for
    which talks are on with the US government, the
    production line will be open till 2021. — PTI
    (source:The Tribune)
     

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  3. hardip

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    F 16 block 70.jpg

    F-16 ....Block ...70
    Exclusive F-16 production in India, for the
    Indian Air Force and global export, would
    make India home to the world’s only F-16
    production facility.
     
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    S-70B SEAHAWK .jpg



    S-70B SEAHAWK

    The Indian Navy has selected Sikorsky’s S-70B SEAHAWK®
    helicopter for its multi-role rotorcraft requirement.
    Designed to perform anti-submarine and anti-surface
    warfare (ASW/ASuW), the S-70B aircraft will be configured
    to meet the Indian Navy’s specific and unique operational
    needs. The proposed Indian Navy S-70B variant will include
    a weapons management system that integrates an
    advanced sonar, 360-degree search radar, modern air-to-
    surface missiles, and torpedoes for the ASW role.
    The S-70B aircraft also will enhance the Indian Navy’s
    capabilities to perform non-combat maritime roles, including
    search and rescue, utility and external cargo lift, surveillance
    and casualty evacuation. Formalities to enable the
    successful delivery of 16 of these sophisticated and
    customized helicopters to the Indian Navy are expected to
    conclude soon.
    When delivered to the Indian Navy, the S-70B SEAHAWK
    helicopter will be one of the most advanced maritime
    rotorcraft in the world.
     
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    C-130J Super Hercules

    All C-130Js delivered to customers around the world have
    major aerostructure components from India included in their
    build through partnership with TASL in Hyderabad, India.
    This partnership with TASL also includes an on-the-job
    training element that supports the broader “Skills India”
    initiative.
    The C-130J Super Hercules :
    Is Lockheed Martin’s largest programme in India.
    Represents the first major military contract between the
    U.S. and India in more than 40 years.
    Is the world's most successful and advanced tactical
    airlifter.
    The Indian Air Force operates a fleet of five C-130J-30s and
    it will receive an additional six C-130J-30s as well. India is
    one of 16 countries operating the C-130J Super Hercules,
    which is the world’s choice for tactical airlifters. The IAF
    uses its C-130Js to support a variety of missions, from
    cargo delivery to providing vital humanitarian aid.
    The Super Hercules is also part of India’s C-130J Roll-On/
    Roll-Off University Design Challenge .Through this initiative,
    Lockheed Martin provides research grants for teams from
    Indian universities to work with local industry partners and
    mentors from India’s Defence Research and Development
    Organisation to develop design specifications for proposed
    modules that could be used on a Lockheed Martin C-130J
    Super Hercules cargo aircraft.
     
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    S-90
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    Sikorsky – a Lockheed Martin company – also relies on
    TASL in Hyderabad, India, as the manufacturing base for its
    global supply of cabin aerostructures for the S-92
    helicopter .
    Since production began in 2010, TASL has delivered 120
    cabins to Sikorsky’s S-92 assembly plant in the United
    States.
    Today, production of more than 5,000 precision components
    that compose each S-92 cabin is 100 percent indigenous to
    India — supplied by a joint venture company called Tata
    Sikorsky Aerospace Ltd., also located in Hyderabad.
    Renowned for its safety and reliability, the S-92 helicopter is
    operated extensively worldwide by offshore oil and gas
    transport companies, search and rescue agencies, and by
    heads of state. Sikorsky has produced more than 275 S-92
    aircraft since September 2004. The worldwide S-92 fleet
    recently surpassed one million flight hours.
     
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    Although details of the F-16C Block 70 upgrade are yet to be revealed one may well expect it to include –– Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar capable of interleaving air-to-air, air-to-ground and terrain following modes, providing high resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) ground imaging and capable of automatic terrain following; Infra-Red (IR) detection kit and a formidable Electronic Warfare (EW) suite.

    The “package” may include an impressive array of US air-to-air and air-to-ground weaponry and the incorporation of “aerodynamic” aluminium Conformal Fuel Tanks (CFT) that “blend” nicely with the upper fuselage, which will ensure long-range and endurance with unaffected aerodynamic performance.

    Being cost effective this fighter would be a steal. We should go in for it as there would also be tremendous export potential and a base for major maintenance for the over 4500 F-16s in service throughout the world. More importantly, with no sales and spares/maintenance to the Pakis, we get to screw them as their F-16s would be grounded forever!!
     
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    Partnerships in India

    With a presence in India for over 25 years, Lockheed Martin
    opened our India subsidiary in New Delhi in 2008 and has
    supported and aligned itself with various initiatives of the
    Government of India, including:

    Make in India
    Skill India
    Start-up India

    Lockheed Martin continues to explore opportunities for
    closer collaboration and partnerships, including supporting
    the Digital India iniative.
    As a part of its larger commitment to enhance the growth
    and development of India’s innovation, Lockheed Martin has
    sponsored and supported the India
    Innovation Growth Programme (IIGP) since 2007 in
    partnership with the Indian Department of Science and
    Technology, Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum,
    Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry,
    Stanford Graduate School of Business, and the IC2 Institute
    at the University of Texas.
    Resonating with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Start-up
    India” call, the IIGP has pioneered an initiative that has
    supported more than 400 innovators and start-ups with in-
    depth technology commercialization training and
    handholding support to commercialize and scale their
    ventures in India and across the world, particularly in the
    United States.
    To date, the revenue generated for the Indian entrepreneurs
    through this programme is approaching $1 billion, and it is a
    flagship innovation program in the Department of Science
    and Technology.
    Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn
    Hewson recently visited India to mark a successful decade
    of the IIGP and delivered these remarks . Lockheed Martin
    continues to expand its footprint in India, with a focus on
    developing strategic collaborations in-country.

    Programs and Capabilities for India

    GMLRS -multiple Rocket launcher
    Gyrocam Systems
    Javelin (fire and forget Anti tank Missile)
    LONGBOW FCR - Attack Helicopter with M-TADS/PNVS..
    M28 aircraft
    DAGR helicopters
    BLACK HAWK - Usefull in covert Operation.

    source: www.lockheedmartin.co.in
     
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    This point of view Maybe in Our MOD And Airforce Big Hat..(to not choose f-16)

    but My thinking is nd india needs(future)
    is only fully can provide by USA.
    because US has the Most Advanced technology What must we need..to confront China..nd Pakistan at the same time... the people who says india can develop.. I agreed.. but in how much time they taken.. this this the big Question..

    Deal with Lockheed Martin is (maybe)the opportunity for India army,Indian Navy, Indian Air Force.
    India Ground Forces, and for Indian engineer work Experience with like this Giant company.
    also India Gets Strategic Support.. to stop Terrorists attack Like 26/11,pathankot..and Kashmir.
     
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    Why don't they offer the F-35 fighter? Even the Mirage-2000 was a far better jet than the F-16.
     
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    Bro..
    Miraj2000 is old technology..also not USA it's from Dassault..freanch aviation company..

    nd..f-35 is still not got green signle to use by Pentagon.. due to many technical issues..its ongoing.. not clear by Lockheed martin.. us Still waiting to solve this all issues ASAP( this reason
    us pause all strategic game.. nd can't learn any lessons to this countries..Like Iran,Syria, South China disputed situation also north Korea)

    so uncompleted plan india can't reliable this jSF
     
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    India should only consider offer to build F-16 in India if they are ready to provide ToT of jet engine which is used in F-16

    1.GE F110-GE-132 - 32,500lb (144.5kN)

    The F110-GE-132 turbofan engine, the high-thrust model in the GE fighter jet engines family, features minimal rotating parts and an advanced augmentor that improve its maintainability and reduce life cycle costs.

    It is 4.6m-long and 1.2m in diameter, and is fully-compatible with F-15E and F-16C/D fighters. It is also certified for operation in the F-16E/F, which is the newest variant of the F-16 aircraft.

    2.source code of soft ware used in F-16

    What right now they are offering in TOT is not worth it is under development in India or we can procure from other platforms
     
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    India should only consider offer to build F-16 in India if they are ready to provide ToT of jet engine which is used in F-16

    1.GE F110-GE-132 - 32,500lb (144.5kN)

    The F110-GE-132 turbofan engine, the high-thrust model in the GE fighter jet engines family, features minimal rotating parts and an advanced augmentor that improve its maintainability and reduce life cycle costs.

    It is 4.6m-long and 1.2m in diameter, and is fully-compatible with F-15E and F-16C/D fighters. It is also certified for operation in the F-16E/F, which is the newest variant of the F-16 aircraft.

    2.source code of soft ware used in F-16

    What right now they are offering in TOT is not worth it is under development in India or we can procure from other platforms
     

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