“We are excited to explore potential alternatives with HAL, one of many largest aerospace corporations in Asia,” stated JR McDonald, Vice President of Business Development – Integrated Fighter Group of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.
“We are dedicated to persevering with to combine Indian trade into our aerospace and protection ecosystem and demonstrating Lockheed Martin’s dedication to India now and in the a long time to come,” he stated.
R Madhavan, Chairman and Managing Director of HAL, stated his organisation is wanting ahead to working with Lockheed Martin in exploring alternatives in the home and worldwide markets.
“Lockheed Martin is strengthening and rising its relationships with Indian trade to generate jobs and financial advantages in assist of ‘Make in India’, ‘self-reliant India’, and ‘start-up India’ initiatives, in addition to in assist of India’s air energy mission,” the corporate stated in a press release.
The firm is without doubt one of the key contenders in the race for a mega contract to provide 114 fighter jets to Indian Air Force.
Last yr, Lockheed Martin had solely provided its F-21 fight jet to India with a ‘Make in India’ proposition.
In April 2019, the Indian Air Force issued an RFI (Request for Information) or preliminary tender to purchase 114 jets at a value of round USD 18 billion, which is billed as one of many world’s largest navy procurement in current years.
The prime contenders for the deal embrace Lockheed’s F-21, Boeing’s F/A-18, Dassault Aviation’s Rafale, the Eurofighter Typhoon, Russian plane Mig 35 and Saab’s Gripen.