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PARIS AIR SHOW: Lockheed Martin and Tata to build F-16 in India

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BY M. M. ALAM

PARIS: Indian Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. and American global aerospace, defense, security and advanced technologies company Lockheed Martin will be jointly building F-16 fighter planes in India.

This was revealed here today at Le Salon International de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (SIAE).

According to details the jointly produced Block 70* fighter planes will be equipped with new-generation electronics. They will be the newest and the most modern technology F-16 ever. 

Savants at the helm of affairs are of the view that F-16 Block 70 is ideally suited to meet the Indian Air Force’s single-engine fighter needs.

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SINGAPORE AIRSHOW : Tata Group is in talks with Lockheed to manufacture F-16 in India

NEWSPAKISTAN.TV EXCLUSIVE

TEXT AND PHOTO BY: M. M. ALAM

SINGAPORE: Marillyn Hewson, CEO Lockheed Martin Corp. had made an offer to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to build its flagship F-16 fighter jet in India.

Meanwhile, Lockheed is in talks with Indian companies, including its existing Indian partner Tata Group, to find a potential partner for the fighter-jet program.

Indian Air Force has 650 planes of which some 220 are over 40 years old.

As Pak-India are at daggers drawn, China says India will deploy nuke-carrying Rafale at disputed regions

TEXT & PHOTO BY M. M. ALAM

KARACHI: Pointing out that India remains the largest purchaser of armaments in the world, Chinese Media has insinuated today (Friday, 30 September, 2016 ) that New Delhi would deploy recently purchased 36 cutting-edge French jets Rafale worth  $8.7 billion at disputed Sino-Pak regions. French fighter is capable of carrying nuclear warheads.  

Since the delivery of  Rafale will begin after three years, it is safe to say that this implication has nothing to do with the recent tension at the borders. However, once India gets those planes it would enable it to strike targets in Sino-Pak area from within the Indian territory.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.