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Aero India: Lockheed relaunches the F-16V as the F-21 for India

Lockheed Martin has rechristened the F-16V Block 70 as the F-21 multi-role fighter for the second MMCRA procurement.

The aircraft which would be produced in India by Lockheed and Tata Advanced Systems would have a number of unique features compared to existing F-16s like, extendable hose-and-drogue refuelling probe, a large display in the cockpit.

Dr. Vivek Lall, vice president of Strategy and Business Development, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
“The F-21 is different, inside and out, The new [F-21] designation highlights our commitment to delivering an advanced, scalable fighter aircraft to the Indian Air Force that also provides unrivaled industrial opportunities and accelerates closer India-US cooperation on advanced technologies.”

The Indian air force is looking to add 110 fighters to its fleet for which Boeing is bidding the F/A-18 Super Hornet, Dassault with the Rafale, Eurofighter with the Typhoon and Saab with the Gripen. The Russian MiG-35 will also submit a bid.

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