Tagged: F-16

Is India Buying 200 F-16 Fighter Jets?

India’s Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar announced on Tuesday that the government is finalizing guidelines for a global bid to select a new Western single-engine fighter jet for the Indian Air Force. Speaking at a news conference in New Delhi on January 3, the defense minister said that the guidelines for a strategic partnership model under…

Major Defense Partner Status Could Smoothen F-16 Deal With India

India, being designated as a major defense partner (MDP) of the US, could be offered simplified licensing requirements to acquire sensitive military technologies such as those that go into the F-16 and F-18 fighter jets. The designation “institutionalizes” the cooperation achieved so far between the two countries, an official was quoted as saying by The…

Only the first 40 F-16 fighters sold by US to Pakistan are Nuclear-Enabled :: Scientist

A study of Google satellite images and information from other intelligence sources by US nuclear scientists Hans Kristensen and Robert Norris released earlier this week contains startling revelations: contrary to the conditions laid down by the US when it sold Pakistan F-16 fighters, the US jets, along with the Pak air force’s French Mirages, are…

Saab links Gripen bid with Tejas to counter F-16 production numbers

The contest to supply the Indian Air Force (IAF) a single-engine, medium fighter is currently playing out as a two-horse race. US giant, Lockheed Martin, is the Goliath looking to slay the David that is Swedish firm, Saab. Lockheed Martin, which has offered to shift its F-16production line to India, is the world’s biggest defence…

IAF kicks off contest to make single-engine fighters

A global contest has restarted for supplying India a medium, multi-role fighter, with the Indian Air Force (IAF) inviting top international fighter jet manufacturers to set up a production facility in India. Business Standard has learned that Indian embassies in Washington, Moscow and Stockholm wrote on Friday to fighter jet manufacturers in these countries to…

In exclusive deal, India to get ‘Most Advanced’ F-16 fighter jets by 2019-20

US defence major Lockheed Martin has firmed up its plans to produce the latest version of its iconic F-16 fighter jets only in India under the ‘Make in India’ programme. The multi-billion dollar deal was “finalised” during the recent visit of Lockheed Martin’s Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson here last week, a top official,…

F-16s Likely To Be Manufactured In India

As Indian government in New Delhi announced sweeping reforms to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) rules and permitted up to 100% FDI in defence sector , American defence equipment manufacturer Lockheed Martin (LM) has shown interest in producing F-16 fighter jets in India. A senior LM official has said that they are ready to take advantage…

‘Made in India’ F-16s on radar, thanks to 100% FDI

American military manufacturer Lockheed Martin could soon be producing F-16 fighters in an assembly line based in India, taking advantage of the new liberalised FDI conditions announced by the government on Monday. If the legendary American fighter is deployed with the Indian Air Force after local production, it would signal a historic shift in India’s…

Flat Refusal: India Dismisses US Offer of F-16 Jets

India's defense minister expressed that India is not interested in acquiring US F-16 fighter aircraft despite aggressive lobbying by Lockheed Martin. In what can be seen as a sharp denial to the US, India has dismissed a proposal made by Lockheed Martin Corp to build F-16 fighter jets in India. India's defense minister Manohar Parrikar…

Pakistan threatens to buy Russian or Chinese jets in spat with US

Pakistan has threatened to buy advanced Russian or Chinese combat jets after Washington withdrew financing for a US arms purchase amid a weakening of its strategic relationship with Islamabad. “If funding is arranged, Pakistan will get the F16,” said Sartaj Aziz, foreign affairs adviser to Nawaz Sharif, the Pakistani prime minister. “Otherwise, we will opt…