US defense giant and the world’s largest aerospace company Lockheed Martin had stated that it is willing to provide F-21 fighters jets to the Indian Air Force which many experts claimed had many capabilities from both F-35s and F-22 Raptors.
The order, which has been described as one of the world’s largest deals and unofficially called the “MMRCA 2.0” for IAF’s fighter jet requirement.
The Lockheed Martin F-21 jets have been described as the most advanced F-16 variant ever built, incorporating futuristic avionics from the “flying computer” F-35 Lightning II and the F-22 Raptor fifth-generation jets. To differentiate the increased performance and capabilities, it was redesignated as “F-21,” as a specialized offering to India.
The F-16 is currently the world’s most produced and in-service fighter jet, with more than 4,600 airframes built by 2018.