Lockheed ties up with FICCI to help Indian technology firms

The sale of F-16 fighter aircraft to Pakistan was a “government to government deal” and the fighter that can meet optimum needs of Indian Air Force is currently used by the air forces of 14 other countries, Robert H. Trice, Senior Vice President (Business Development) of U.S. aviation technology major Lockheed Martin said here on Tuesday.

He was speaking to reporters after announcing the India innovation growth programme to develop export opportunities for Indian technology organisations, in association with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). The US Federal Government is among Lockheed’s largest clients.

Both the F 16 and the transport aircraft C-130J are being displayed at Aero India 2007. Among Lockheed Martin products that could eventually be ordered by the Indian government are expected to be the F-16 multirole fighter, the C-130J transporter, the P-3 marine patrol aircraft, the MH-60 helicopter and the PAC-3 air and missile systems , the company anticipates.

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