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LOCKHEED MARTIN, TATA
ANNOUNCE F-16 INDIA
– PAR IS, June 19, 2017 –
Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Tata
Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) signed a
landmark agreement affirming the companies
intent to join hands to produce the F-16 Block
70 in India. The F-16 Block 70 is ideally suited to
meet the Indian Air Force's single-engine fighter
needs and this unmatched US-Indian industry
partnership directly supports India's initiative
to develop private aerospace and defense
manufacturing capacity in India.
This unprecedented F-16 production
partnership between the world's largest defense
contractor and India's premier industrial house
provides India the opportunity to produce,
operate and export F-16 Block 70 aircraft, the
newest and most advanced version of the world's
most successful, combat-proven multi-role fighter.
F-16 production in India supports thousands
of Lockheed Martin and F-16 supplier jobs
in the US, creates new manufacturing jobs
in India, and positions Indian industry at the
center of the most extensive fighter aircraft
supply ecosystem in the world.
"This agreement builds on the already
established joint venture between Lockheed
Martin and Tata and underscores the
relationship and commitment between the
two companies," said Mr. N. Chandrasekaran,
chairman of Tata Sons.
"Lockheed Martin is honored to partner
with Indian defense and aerospace leader
Tata Advanced Systems Limited on the F-16
program," said Orlando Carvalho, executive
vice president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.
"Our partnership significantly strengthens the
F-16 'Make in India' offer, creates and maintains
numerous new job opportunities in India and the
U.S., and brings the world's most combat-proven
multi-role fighter aircraft to India."
The Lockheed Martin-TASL F-16 partnering
agreement builds on TASL's proven performance
manufacturing airframe components for the
C-130J airlifter and the S-92 helicopter.
With more than 4,500 produced and
approximately 3,200 operational aircraft
worldwide being flown today by 26 countries,
the F-16 remains the world's most successful,
combat-proven multi-role fighter ever produced.
The F-16 Block 70 is the newest and most
technologically advanced F-16 ever offered.
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 169th Fighter Wing
deploys flares over McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina.
(U.S. Air National Guard photo/Tech. Sgt. Jorge Intriago)
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BANGLADESH'S AIR FORCE
June 19: Rosoboronexport, a member of Rostec,
signed a contract with Bangladesh’s Air Force
for supply of five Mi-171Sh military transport
helicopters. The signing ceremony was held
in presence of the Chief of the Air Staff of the
Bangladesh Air Force, Chief Air Marshal Abu Esrar.
“Bangladesh is focused on upgrading the
national aircraft pool. We are happy that the state
picked Russian high-quality equipment. We signed
a contract to supply five Mi-171Sh helicopters to
our partners. This is to be implemented in 2018,”
said Director General Alexander Mikheev of
The fact that the contract was signed attests to
stable high-level cooperation between Russia and
Bangladesh. Rosoboronexport delivered Mi-17s,
Yak-130 combat-trainers, and armored equipment
to the Bangladeshi Ministry of Defense between
2013 and 2016.
“We negotiated with the Bangladesh delegation
visiting HeliRussia-2017 late in May this year.
Russian aviation equipment piqued the interest of
not only representatives of the country’s Armed
Forces but other agencies as well. Besides,
Rosoboronexport conducts consultations
for supply of civilian Ansats and Mi-171s to
Bangladesh,” added Alexander Mikheev.
In 2006-2016, no one ever surpassed Russian
Mi-17s on the world market of medium utility and
military-transport helicopters as far as volume of
sales goes. With 800 exported, this helicopter left all
its foreign counterparts put together lagging behind.
Mi-17 flown by Mexican pilots.
(USMC photo / Capt. Naomi Dorren)
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