Michael Friedman, representing Lockheed Martin, said that rumors about creating an F-35 production line in India are “greatly exaggerated." His statement leads the portal Defense News:
The article, which refers to the transfer of production to India is incorrectly stated. It is wrong in its essence. It was not about the production of F-35, but about the possibility of producing F-16.
Information that a production line F-35 will be opened in India is also refuted by representatives of the Indian authorities.
At the same time, it is possible that in the end India will buy several American F-35 fighter jets, as has already been done by several states of the world, including South Korea, Israel, Norway, etc.
As for the F-16, it is the management of Lockheed Martin who came up with a proposal to create production facilities for the assembly of these aircraft in India, if in New Delhi they are ready to provide guarantees for the purchase of a large batch of these aircraft. In particular, it is known that Tata Advanced Systems Limited will probably build F-16 in India. Also the assembly of the aircraft Gripen E India offers Swedish Saab.