“F-21 will help counter China’s cross-border militarization”: US tries to sell F-16 variation to India


In the US, they continue to try to sell India a large batch of upgraded versions of F-16 fighters. These are F-21 fighters, which were initially announced as a product exclusively for the Indian market. In the United States, it was hoped that New Delhi would purchase several dozen F-21s as part of its “fleet modernization program” for the needs of its Air Force.


The American side is clearly not embarrassed by the fact that a few weeks ago the Indian Air Force announced its unwillingness to consider the purchase of the F-21, since India has its own program for creating fighters of "similar parameters" - Tejas.

Lockheed Martin spokesman John Losinger notes that the F-21 “significantly outperforms many competitors from aviation fourth generation. " Apparently, Losinger did not have the courage to say that he was referring specifically to the Indian “Tejas” - he understands that with these words he can incur Indian anger. Nevertheless, American manufacturers and certain media outlets lobbying for their interests do not reduce pressure on India.

Chris Osbourne's material was published in The National Interest, where he states that "the expediency of purchasing US F-21 fighter jets in connection with the militarization of border areas by China." The author writes that the AFAR radars used on the F-21 “along with advanced weapons”, as well as electronic warfare systems, will allow Chinese military aircraft to resist in the north-east of the country.

Osborne cites Indian Express as an example, which claims to have satellite imagery (Military Review told its readers) with the deployment of the Chinese military infrastructure “just a few steps from the Indian border.” If you are guided by the logic of the named media, then without the variation of the F-16 of India, "there is no way to resist the Chinese strengthening at the border."
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  1. rocket757 5 June 2020 09: 03 New
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    Quite by the "rules" !!! If you want to sell weapons, create a situation where “customers” have to buy them ... or convince everyone that such a situation IS!
    After all, nothing new was invented in this craft, trade !!!
    1. donavi49 5 June 2020 09: 16 New
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      Well, there’s an action game right now. Both sides pulled together.
      Regular standing cohorts face to face.



      China has deployed wheeled and mountain tanks, as well as its Raptor, operating at an altitude of 4000 meters, throwing special forces at the request of border guards in reinforcement.


      Well, regular skirmishes on sticks.
      1. rocket757 5 June 2020 09: 31 New
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        Butting ... can turn into anything, but for now there is what it is.
      2. pytar 5 June 2020 11: 12 New
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        Damansky Island 1968




        1. mvg
          mvg 5 June 2020 13: 24 New
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          Total? I'm Daman near China
          1. Vadim_2 6 June 2020 17: 35 New
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            And Europe is under the Americans.
    2. Moxolov 5 June 2020 10: 03 New
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      Quote: rocket757
      Quite by the "rules" !!! If you want to sell weapons, create a situation where “customers” have to buy them ... or convince everyone that such a situation IS!

      Well, more precisely, that is, in the West such a theory of "divide and conquer .."
      Russia is still not bleed off with China (remember what wave of the threat from China was?) Now we decided to take the easier route to bleed India with China and Pakistan .. And the fighters, almost at the cost of trying to get off, hoping for further profits from the conflict ..Oh well !
      1. rocket757 5 June 2020 10: 17 New
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        Quote: Moxolov
        And the fighters, almost at cost, are trying to get rid of it, hoping for further profit beyond the conflict .. well, well!

        There, and without conflict in the maintenance of expensive equipment, they EARN and not weakly!
        The whales should learn from this! After all, no one will drive not bad, necessary equipment into the far corner of the hangar due to the lack of spare parts and other things.
        In addition, a fighter, if the Yankees were not good at modernization, a worthy fighter who had already proved everything to everyone. Successful model.
        1. Moxolov 5 June 2020 12: 03 New
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          Quote: rocket757
          There, and without conflict in the maintenance of expensive equipment, they EARN and not weakly!

          Especially if military equipment is covered with brilliant paint .. Not a single Indian can stand it, so as not to buy .. And even military capabilities, this is secondary ..
          With Pakistan in the air on our MiG-21 fought and not bad ..))))
          Quote: rocket757
          In addition, a fighter, if the Yankees were not good at modernization, a worthy fighter who had already proved everything to everyone. Successful model.

          Well, I do not argue the model tested in the fighting .. Even Israel still uses them during the bombing, etc. hi
          1. rocket757 5 June 2020 12: 38 New
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            Quote: Moxolov
            our MiG-21 fought and not bad ..

            A good fighter, in capable hands ... but he ends his battle path, for objective reasons.
          2. mvg
            mvg 5 June 2020 16: 54 New
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            We fought with Pakistan in the air on our MiG-21s and not bad ..)

            There was a bison. There from "ours" only the glider remained
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  3. Doccor18 5 June 2020 09: 14 New
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    In the US, they continue to try to sell India a large batch of upgraded versions of F-16 fighters.

    And what is not F35? Hindus may be interested. Yes, they would have brought down the price to begin with. And then F16, who needs it ..
  4. knn54 5 June 2020 09: 16 New
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    "Chinese Air Force Killer," however.
  5. Zaurbek 5 June 2020 09: 46 New
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    The plane is good, the offer is good, only American marketing spoils everything .... threats of sanction and a bad example of inconsistency in the arrangement.
  6. rotmistr60 5 June 2020 10: 35 New
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    on "the appropriateness of the purchase of American F-21 fighters in connection with the militarization of border areas by China"
    What can’t you do for the sake of marketing, even political blackmail. Do not buy - do not return the territory. And the fact that China can see this as incitement to conflict does not give a damn, the main thing is to squeeze its goods.
  7. Normal ok 5 June 2020 10: 46 New
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    F-16 is a good, time-tested aircraft. If it is competently modernized, it will still serve.
    PS. I hate modern cars stuffed with electronics (as an example of harmful modernization). Land Cruiser 70 or Vito 115 (before restyling 2010), in a modern version, - that's great.
    1. voyaka uh 5 June 2020 11: 25 New
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      The F-16 is packed with electronics no less than the F-35.
      When the first F-16s appeared in the Israeli Air Force, the aces swore continuously:
      "This is not a plane, but a computer with wings, it does not allow the pilot to do anything,
      corrects all maneuvers. "And, by the way, the accident rate in the first F-16 series was
      huge, ten times higher than that of the currently actively criticized F-35.
      1. Keyser soze 5 June 2020 16: 53 New
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        The F-16 is packed with electronics no less than the F-35.


        By the way, the other day the first group of young pilots for the F16 is leaving for the USA. 3 years of study. They will be trained from scratch (15 people) and this is also included in the transaction price. I was glad that the young guys will ride on modern technology.
        1. Raven 95 5 June 2020 17: 19 New
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          Yes, there is reason for joy. They will be taught to fly and .... to kill (these are military pilots). And who to kill? Who is NATO's first enemy?
          ++++++++++++++++++++++
          I'm afraid not many will appreciate your joy here.
          1. Keyser soze 5 June 2020 18: 07 New
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            And who to kill? Who is NATO's first enemy?


            Dear colleague, this is Europe. No one will kill anyone. I hope that economics and reason rule here. And if even now our own oligarchy "kills" us, and not the Russian army. Thirdly, the Russian center of evil is not everywhere - we are in the Balkans and we are not up to you, honestly ... :) There are several potential conflicts around us - Greeks and Turks, Serbs and Albanians, so you need to have modern toys.
  8. Lord of the Sith 5 June 2020 12: 27 New
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    The ancient F16s were repainted, given out as F21 and are trying to push famous flea marketers - Indians, who have a complete mess in the army with equipment))
  9. Antokha 5 June 2020 12: 39 New
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    F-16 is a good plane, many have already said this. Goes through its modernization, very modern in filling. His life is akin to MiG 29. But the Americans themselves taught everyone to be on advertising and anti-advertising. And now they themselves ran into it. The Hindus simply do not want it; there is no logic. Do not want.
    1. Zaurbek 7 June 2020 09: 08 New
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      Take the example of the Turks. We bought a C400 and down with the program. And they invested money. Why is such a partner needed?