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William Blair, India Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin in an interview said that the company is hopeful that a Request for Proposal for the fighter aircraft under Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft competition (MRFA) might be issued by the Indian Air Force and claimed that if selected will manufacture F-21 (F-16V) in India with high indigenous content.

Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures Limited displayed at (the) DefExpo just a couple of weeks ago F-16 wings that were made in India as part of the Global supply chain that had 70% indigenous content in the first wing that was produced.

When compared with the Pakistani F-16, he claimed that it is generation a part since F-21 (F-16V) can support triple-rail launchers for the AIM-120 BVRAAMs that’s 40% more BVRAAM carrying capacity plus F-21 (F-16V) also supports latest AMRAM Variants with increased range of over 160km.

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