F-21 fighter aircraft cockpit demonstrator will be at the centre stage of the American aerospace giant Lockheed Martin’s pavilion at Aero India 2023 for aerospace customers and partners to “fly” the jet for themselves, experiencing its unmatched performance, informed the company.
The Indian Navy’s most recent rotary wing acquisition, MH-60R “Romeo” SEAHAWK multi-mission helicopter including S-92 multi-role helicopter, C-130J transport aircraft and anti-tank precision weapon system – JAVELIN will also be part of Lockheed Martin’s exhibit at Aero India.
According to the company, it will be showcasing its vast range of advanced defence capabilities and solutions at the 14th biennial edition of Aero India taking place in Bengaluru from February 13-17 to address India’s most challenging needs for the 21st century by offering innovative capabilities to the Indian Armed Forces.
Lockheed Martin reaffirms its commitment to ‘For India, From India, For the World’ at Aero India 2023.
“We are excited to participate at Aero India 2023 to showcase our advanced capabilities and address our customers’ biggest challenges for the 21st Century. Our participation will be focused on engaging with our customers while creating opportunities for the local industry to feed into the global supply chain and manufacture in India, for India and for the world,” said William Blair, Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin India Private Limited.
“We continue to strengthen and grow our presence and partnerships in India for strategic security and greater self-reliance in the defence sector. We have a high degree of confidence in the manufacturing and technical capabilities of the Indian industry which is reflected through our two joint ventures and multiple associations with public and private companies of all sizes including MSMEs,” he further added.
The prime attraction, F-21 fighter aircraft, which is on offer to the Indian Air Force (IAF) for the Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft competition, is configured with the latest sensors and mission avionic systems that couple onboard and off-board data information into an effective, easy to manage combat situation display, the company said in its statement.
On the recent acquisition of Indian Navy, MH-60R, the statement stated that it is the most capable and mature Anti-Submarine (ASW)/Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW) multi-mission helicopter available in the world today. The first three MH-60R helicopters were delivered to India in 2021 and were being utilized to train Indian pilots and crew members in the US. In July/August 2022, the Indian Navy accepted the delivery of another three helicopters. A total of 24 MH-60Rs will be delivered over the next few years.
The world’s most versatile one-man portable and platform-employed anti-tank precision weapon system, JAVELIN will also be part of Lockheed Martin’s exhibit at Aero India. Using “fire-and-forget” technology, the weapon guides itself to the target, allowing soldiers and platform assets to reposition out of harm’s way once the missile is fired.
Boosting Lockheed Martin’s presence at the show will be the C-130J Super Hercules aircraft and the S-92 multi-role helicopter, both of which represent a strong legacy of partnership with the Indian defence industry. The Indian Air Force operates 12 C-130Js, using the tactical airlifter for a variety of missions. India also is connected to the C-130J through Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures Limited, a joint venture, that has the distinction of being the single-global source of C-130J empennage assemblies included on all new Super Hercules aircraft. All C-130Js now built have major components manufactured in India.