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American company decided to produce wings for F-16 fighters in India

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Lockheed Martin has had a long interest in Indian manufacturing facilities and has finally endorsed the idea of ​​producing fighter wings at Tata-Lockheed Martin Aerostructures Limited (TLMAL) in Hyderabad. The plant will produce up to 50 pairs of wings a year and serve the global market, where demand for the F-16 remains consistently high (not without outright pressure from the United States itself).


Lockheed Martin has officially recognized TLMAL as a potential partner in the production of F-16 wings. Minister of Industry and Trade K.T. Rama Rao. The representative of the American company called the production of wings a technologically challenging task and noted its importance in the overall production cycle of F-16 fighters.

As you know, Lockheed Martin is participating in a tender for the supply of 114 fighters to the Indian Air Force. Sukaran Singh, Managing Director of Tata Advanced Systems Limited, noted that if his company wins the tender, it will be able to produce 50 aircraft a year.

Interestingly, earlier the United States tried to actively impose on India the supply of F-16 fighters to the country, but the Indian authorities refused to the last, claiming that they did not see the point in acquiring an aging fighter. Lockheed Martin then developed the F-21 fighter jet specifically for India, which is essentially an upgraded version of the F-16.

On the example of the cooperation of an American company with India, we see the pragmatism of New Delhi's policy, maneuvering between the United States and Russia. Although India is a long-standing traditional partner of Russia in military-technical cooperation, it is diversifying its military purchases and acquiring weapon and military equipment from both Russian manufacturers and American and European defense companies. Since India is a large and promising market, many arms suppliers are ready to compete for contracts with New Delhi.
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  1. NDR-791
    NDR-791 8 December 2021 11: 12
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    How is Indian coffee different from Brazilian coffee? How are Indian cigarettes different from ours? How are Indian wings different from American ones? ...
    1. Cheshire
      Cheshire 8 December 2021 11: 17
      +6
      Quote: NDR-791
      How are Indian wings different from American ones? ...

      Fringe ends and beads with flower necklaces?
      wassat
      1. mitroha
        mitroha 8 December 2021 11: 31
        +1
        Americans have always succeeded in serving ...
        1. Prisoner
          Prisoner 8 December 2021 12: 01
          +3
          Then they will tear it out from the Indians back together with the throat.
          1. Cheshire
            Cheshire 8 December 2021 12: 27
            +3
            Quote: Captive
            Then they will tear it out from the Indians back together with the throat.

            With songs and dances, otherwise it will not work ...
          2. Terran ghost
            Terran ghost 8 December 2021 12: 35
            -1
            Then they will tear it out from the Indians back together with the throat.

            Who and what will "vomit back together with the throat"? And most importantly - why?
        2. SKVichyakow
          SKVichyakow 8 December 2021 12: 04
          +3
          Quote: Mitroha
          Americans have always succeeded in serving ...

          Indeed, they are trying to gain a foothold in any way, even with a "carcass", even with promises, even with wings.
        3. Momento
          Momento 8 December 2021 19: 26
          +3
          now the Indians will definitely buy the F-16
    2. rocket757
      rocket757 8 December 2021 11: 21
      +4
      Oh, no need to mention Indian coffee .... although they have good tea.
    3. Flooding
      Flooding 8 December 2021 11: 35
      +3
      Quote: NDR-791
      How are Indian cigarettes different from ours?

      bidi cigarettes, which are extremely common in India


      1. Zaurbek
        Zaurbek 8 December 2021 14: 03
        +1
        The outside looks like the goods from Coffeeshop .... in Amsterdam.
    4. Free wind
      Free wind 8 December 2021 11: 35
      +6
      Don't think about cigarettes. They are made from the loincloths of old pissing yogi. Madras is rare filth.
      1. kytx
        kytx 9 December 2021 06: 56
        +2
        I bought a local Vin there, okay. But the Marlboro there is much worse than the Russian one.
    5. boris ivanov
      boris ivanov 8 December 2021 12: 05
      +11
      Quote: NDR-791
      How is Indian coffee different from Brazilian coffee?

      well firstly .. Indian wings can dance and sing !!
      1. Grandfather
        Grandfather 8 December 2021 12: 11
        +2
        "and yesterday, everyone around, said Putin the Friend ..." lol
        1. LiSiCyn
          LiSiCyn 8 December 2021 13: 10
          +1
          Quote: Dead Day
          "and yesterday, everyone around, said Putin the Friend ..."

          And today, the Mi-17 also fell, but not with anyone ...
          An Indian Air Force helicopter crashed in the Nilgiri Mountains in Tamil Nadu state in the south of the country.

          On board the Mi-17-V5 helicopter there were 14 people, including the Chief of the General Staff, Bipin Rawat.
    6. ja-ja-vw
      ja-ja-vw 8 December 2021 12: 36
      -2
      The cost, which includes costs.
      And our current cigarettes are generally trash. Collected from the floor with a vacuum cleaner, added chemicals and on sale
  2. knn54
    knn54 8 December 2021 11: 27
    -3
    Joy - will release the wings, designed almost half a century ago.
  3. AshPoseidon
    AshPoseidon 8 December 2021 11: 29
    +5
    "Wings, legs - the main thing. Tail" reminded a cartoon
  4. Tooks
    Tooks 8 December 2021 11: 43
    +1
    Now they will itch - we create jobs for you, and you buy weapons from the Russians.
  5. abrakadabre
    abrakadabre 8 December 2021 12: 18
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    On the example of the cooperation of an American company with India, we see the pragmatism of New Delhi's policy
    As for pragmatism, everything is very, very controversial here. Their armed forces as a whole already resemble Noah's ark, only in the direction of weapons.
  6. Kesha1980
    Kesha1980 8 December 2021 12: 23
    -2
    Late to drink Borjomi ...

    Uncle Vova has already charmed the leadership of India and is slowly "conducting subversive anti-American activities")
    1. Terran ghost
      Terran ghost 8 December 2021 12: 37
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      quietly "conducts subversive anti-American activities"

      And what is the benefit for Russia in receiving payment under contracts from India in Indian rupees instead of freely convertible currencies (euro, US dollar, yuan)?
      1. Kesha1980
        Kesha1980 8 December 2021 12: 51
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        We have a positive balance in trade with India. We buy from them for rupees, they buy from us for rubles. They buy rubles on the electronic exchange, the demand for rubles strengthens the ruble exchange rate. Elementary.
        1. Zaurbek
          Zaurbek 8 December 2021 14: 02
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          Most likely the price in dollar is about payment at the rate on the day of payment .... and then exchange for dollars.
          1. Kesha1980
            Kesha1980 8 December 2021 14: 12
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            Heh! We recall the idiotic "budget rule" - at the end of the year we must pay in currency or gold. Over 600 billion are already waiting in the wings this month). But! It doesn't have to be the bucks - at least that way and that pleases.
      2. dauria
        dauria 8 December 2021 12: 56
        +1
        in Indian rupees instead of freely convertible currencies

        The flow of goods goes both ways. And if it is persistent enough, why pay a left-wing middleman to support his dollar? Especially if the exchange of goods back and forth is the same. And if not - and rubles, and rupees, and yuan can always be exchanged.
        The US is imposing its dollar for a reason. And then they "bring democracy" to everyone who decided to doubt the indispensability of the dollar.
        1. Zaurbek
          Zaurbek 8 December 2021 14: 55
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          There is SWIFT .... a system of interbank transfers in Dollars ... apparently some alternative is being created ... but the rate to the dollar should be taken into account here
    2. Zaurbek
      Zaurbek 8 December 2021 12: 48
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      Uncle Vova is not allowed to receive large sums of US dollars for weapons ..... there are no other options and buyers risk being immediately sanctioned and losing money. Uncle Vova still sells oil and gas in dollars ..... here it is necessary to undermine.
  7. Zaurbek
    Zaurbek 8 December 2021 12: 46
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    Interestingly, earlier the United States tried to actively impose on India the supply of F-16 fighters to the country, but the Indian authorities refused to the last, claiming that they did not see the point in acquiring an aging fighter. Lockheed Martin then developed the F-21 fighter jet specifically for India, which is essentially an upgraded version of the F-16.


    In fact, a good proposal, even taking into account the fact that the turbojet engine is not localized, it is unlikely that Tejas is more Indian than in this project F-21 and Rafal is no more modern than F21 ... as the main fighter of the Air Force is already indecent. The history with Turkey or Venezuela showed it ....
  8. Soveticos
    Soveticos 9 December 2021 10: 34
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    Great news. Now F-16s will fall apart in the air.