Bangalore: As the race for bagging the USD
10-billion Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft order from India
hots up, US aerospace major Lockheed Martin on Monday raised its
sales pitch saying its fighter plane, F-16IN, is tailored
exclusively to meet the IAF`s requirements.
"The F-16IN is the right choice for the Indian Air Force
and is ready for integration to India`s infrastructure and
operations now," Jack Giese, Lockheed`s International
Communication Manager, told reporters in Bangalore.
IAF had recently conducted flight evaluation and
performance trials in Bangalore for six foreign defence firms,
including Lockheed Martin`s F-16IN Super Viper, vying to bag
the order for 126 MMRCAs.
The Super Viper has the most advanced technologies and
capabilities available today on the international market,
including the Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA)
Radar, net-centric warfare capability, advanced survivability
features, a modern all-digital glass cockpit, Jim Benson
Hedge, the pilot who has 2000 hrs of flying the F-16, said.
The radar is a revolutionary all-weather precision
targeting sensor with ultra-high resolution synthetic aperture
mapping and automatic terrain following and air to air
tracking of multiple targets, the company said.
Benson said the fighter not only meets the IAF
requirements but also exceeds some of them. "It gives a pilot
more time to make the best decisions"
On the chances of winning the order, Jack said "We are
extremely confident of our product".