Lockheed Martin is showcasing its diverse portfolio of defence capabilities and solutions at the 13th edition of Aero India 2021, taking place in Bengaluru on February 3-5.
The company’s exhibit this year includes a broad span of state-of-the-art capabilities, including the F-21 aircraft, MH-60R ”Romeo” multi-mission helicopter, the S-76D helicopter, and the C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.
”Aligned with the Indian government’s ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ Abhiyaan and the ‘Make in India’ initiative, we look forward to participating in Aero India 2021 and reinforcing our commitment to supporting the growth of an indigenous defence manufacturing ecosystem while continuing to deliver our best capabilities to support the Indian MoD and Services,” said William (Bill) Blair, vice president and chief executive, Lockheed Martin India.
”We see tremendous strength and opportunity in India’s defence industry ― both public and private including start-ups and Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Aero India serves as an excellent platform for us to explore new partnerships and strengthen existing ones.”
Lockheed Martin’s presence at the show will be in strict accordance with COVID-19 protocols laid down by the Ministry of Defense and State Government to ensure the safety of employees and visitors.
The prime attraction at the Lockheed Martin’s stand is the F-21 fighter aircraft, which is on offer to the Indian Air Force (IAF). The company is leveraging both 4th and 5th generation technologies to offer the best solution to meet or exceed the IAF’s capability needs, provide Make in India industrial opportunities, and accelerate India-US cooperation on advanced technologies, including but not limited to fighter aircraft.
The F-21 demonstrates Lockheed Martin’s commitment in delivering an advanced, scalable single-engine fighter to the IAF — For India, From India.
The Indian Navy’s most recent rotary wing acquisition, MH-60R ”Romeo” SEAHAWK® helicopter, also occupies a prominent place at Lockheed Martin’s Aero India display. The MH-60R is the world’s most advanced maritime helicopter and brings vital anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capabilities to the Indo-Pacific region.
The MH-60R is the latest thread in the stories of Lockheed Martin and US-India partnerships.
In fact, it is the largest contract Lockheed Martin has ever signed with India. The first batch of the MH-60R helicopters will deliver to India in 2021.