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Vivek Lall exits shows, Lockheed Martin not sure of F-21 deal with India Published May 5, 2020 | By admin SOURCE: ANITA DESAI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG Vivek Lall, a prominent Indian American aerospace and defense expert, who played key roles in some of the major defense deals between India and the U.S., has resigned from Lockheed Martin “to spend more time with family,”. Lall has been under pressure for failing to secure more deals for the company and growing prospects of India ignoring procurement of F-21 (F-16V) for the Indian air force deal for 114 jets. Lall had secured a deal for 24 MH-60 Romeo helicopters from Indian Navy for Lockheed Martin recently and was also actively following up with prospects of Indian Air force ordering additional C-130J Tactical Transporters but the pressure was on to secure biggest fighter jet deal of recent times with India and results weren’t convincing enough with IAF Top Tier still desiring for the French Dassault Rafale fighter jet which already has been ordered in small batch as emergency purchase. F-21 on offer is just a rebadged F-16V and not many are impressed by the what Lockheed Martin has to offer to India as in previous MMRCA tender, India had rejected F-16IN (Block 70) due in technical round and it was an only front runner when tried to procure fighter jets under SEF (Single Engine Fighter ) where the race was limited only with Saab’s Gripen after India scrapped that too and allowed more fighter jets to compete which saw the entry of Sukhoi-35 and F-15. IAF is yet to issue Request for Proposal (RFP) and there have been murmurs that entry of F-15EX by rival Boeing might complicate the situation for the F-21 on the offer and Lockheed is now considering offering its F-35A to India with limited technology transfer and local assembly rights for the aircraft as India tries to limit the purchase of defense equipment from foreign countries amid slowing of the economic activities due to COVID-19 situation in the county.
 

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No actually it's called the viper by US Military, official name was just falcon and block 70 is officially known as Viper only.
Viper is still the unofficial name. Falcon is still the official name for every block of F16. However LM wanted to cash in on the unofficial viper name of F16 and designated their block 70 version as F16V
 

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in 1992 a Venezuelan F-16 downed another Venezuelan OV-10 Bronco from the opposition forces to the goverment during the coup d etat attempt

 

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U.S. Air Force seriously discusses F-16 order

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ByDylan Malyasov
Jan 21, 2021
Photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee

Aviation Week was the first to report that the U.S. Air Force is considering changing the programs of the modern fighter procurement program.

New Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon orders are being seriously discussed two decades after signing the last production contract, according to AviationWeek.

The F-16, currently in its fourth generation, is one of the world’s most advanced aircraft. It is single-engine supersonic multirole fighter originally developed by General Dynamics and now built Lockheed for some export consumers.

As noted by the Air Force, in an air combat role, the F-16’s maneuverability and combat radius (distance it can fly to enter air combat, stay, fight and return) exceed that of all potential threat fighter aircraft. It can locate targets in all weather conditions and detect low flying aircraft in radar ground clutter. In an air-to-surface role, the F-16 can fly more than 500 miles (860 kilometers), deliver its weapons with superior accuracy, defend itself against enemy aircraft, and return to its starting point.

At the same time, Lockheed Martin moved production of the F-16 production line from Fort Worth, Texas, to Greenville, South Carolina, in 2019 to accommodate production of Block 70 aircraft for export consumers.

Since Bahrain’s order in 2018, Lockheed has garnered contracts for eight F-16s for Bulgaria, 14 aircraft for Slovakia, and is working with the U.S. government on a sale of 66 jets for Taiwan.

USAF officials are impressed by the new features in updated F-16 Block 70/72 terming them ideal for missions where stealth is not necessary.
 

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