India Seems Set to Purchase F-21 Fighter (AKA, a Super F-16 Fighting Falcon)

Public statements from Indian military officials indicate the country intends to buy the Lockheed-built Indian F-21, an especially-configured variant of the U.S. Air Force’s upgraded F-16.

The F-21 is engineered for India and intended to greatly expand the country’s subsystem contracting, production and technological development.

“The F-21 addresses the Indian Air Force’s unique requirements and integrates India into the world’s largest fighter aircraft ecosystem with the world’s pre-eminent defence company. Lockheed Martin and Tata would produce the F-21 in India, for India,” a Lockheed statement says.

A report from Forbes cites Indian Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhaduauria, head of the Indian Air Force as saying they plan to buy the F-21

So what might this mean to India, growing military power and U.S. ally seeking to counterbalance Chinese military strength on the Asian continent?

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