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Lockheed Martin, a leading global aerospace and defence company, is signalling its intent to strengthen its ties with India’s research, industry, and academic sectors. Randy Howard, Vice President of Global Pursuits at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, recently highlighted their exploration of “advanced transfer of technology opportunities” with Indian partners.

This collaboration could encompass a wide range of cutting-edge technologies like Auto Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto GCAS) a life-saving technology that automatically takes control of an aircraft to prevent ground collisions, significantly enhancing flight safety for Indian pilots.

Lockheed Martin is offering expertise in designing and developing an indigenous cockpit for the F-21 fighter jets being procured by India. This would involve a “Ground Floor Design” approach, giving India a deeper understanding of 5th-generation cockpit technology and Man-Machine Interface (MMI) systems.

A truly groundbreaking opportunity lies in the possibility of “Cooperative 5th Generation Fighter Development.” This could involve sharing technology and expertise with India’s AMCA program, accelerating its development and potentially leading to a more advanced fighter jet.

Lockheed Martin has expressed interest in collaborating on large-wing, jet-powered UAV platforms, potentially bolstering India’s unmanned aerial capabilities.

Discussions are ongoing, and the specific details of collaboration remain to be finalized. However, this initiative signifies a potentially transformative step forward in India’s quest for aerospace self-reliance and Lockheed Martin’s strategic engagement with the Indian market.

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