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Lockheed Martin is bringing its top aircraft to Aero India Show

Lockheed Martin's F-21. (Lockheed Martin/Released)
January 22, 2021

With enthusiasm going on for the upcoming 13th edition of Aero India in Bengaluru next month, global defense giant Lockheed Martin (LM) has decided to showcase its diverse range of developed military platforms ahead in an exhibition.

The portfolio will involve a broad list of aircraft and helicopters, which have been designed and developed by Lockheed Martin for decades. All platforms are state of the art technologies.

The equipment on showcase will be the F-21 Viper multi-role 4.5 generation combat aircraft, MH-60 Romeo maritime multi-mission helicopter, S-76D Helicopter, and C-130J Super Hercules airlifter. These platforms will be given in their latest upgrades as LM eyes a deal, as India needs varieties of aircraft and helicopters to fill the decreasing strength in their fleet.

“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 defense 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 of Lockheed Martin India.

Collectively, the U.S. aims to establish the Lockheed Martin systems within accessibility and operating efficacy of Indian armed forces. The Aero India exhibition provides the opportunity to show the efficiency and capability of platforms to attract business. Overall, it will be a projection of Lockheed Martin’s defense systems.

Lockheed Martin will host its exhibiting platforms under the norms and protocols set by ministry of defense and state government during the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the criticality of the scenario, the public viewing was canceled by the government and only has allowed crucial business related setups and air shows on minimal scale.

Lockheed Martin hosts a maximum of 240 suppliers on a scaled industrial chain through MSMEs that function into its two joint ventures, which work for the Indian armed forces. The first is TLMAL and the second Tata Sikorsky Aerospace Limited, which was benighted from prospect selection of TATA as a future joint partner. Today, Lockheed Martin and Tata work together.

Lockheed Martin has already unified around 70 Indian sub equipment and base mechanics suppliers, including MSMEs, into its global supply chain by focusing on stepping into India’s lucrative cheap labor cost.