With F-16 fighter aircraft, India will be able to stand as a global manufacturing and supply base for the aircrafts. The chief executive of Lockheed Martin India Pvt. Ltd. Phil Shaw shared this with a great excitement about the prospect of making F-16 fighter aircraft in the nation.
On Wednesday, the chief executive of Lockheed Martin while attending a programme – Girls in aviation sector talked about it. The programme was a collaboration of the Airports Authority of India and Lockheed company.
She considered F-16 as the proven and highly advanced fighter aircraft in the world and said, “It would be a tremendous boost to the Make-In-India initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. We are partnering with the Tata group for the purpose.”
Shaw in response to a question said that the aircraft will be constantly improving and India will be beneficial for technological advancement.
According to him, the company has already supplied 12 C 130 fighter aircrafts to the Indian Air Force. These 12 aircrafts are being placed at six apiece at two air bases in the nation. The components of these aircrafts are developing in Hyderabad.
He said that the company has been promoting innovators in India for the last 11 years in a program jointly with the Department of Science and Technology, and together with the Tata Trust.
Shaw stated, “We chose 50 promising innovators and given them an opportunity to study at MIT in the USA. During the period, it is estimated that they may have come up with 450 business arrangements, with an estimated value of $ 1 billion. From this year, we are also taking up seed funding of promising start-ups.”
Talking about the contribution of women in the sector of aviation, he said that there are huge opportunities for them in the civil aviation sector in India and the world and “Therefore girls should grab the opportunity with both hands. We are conducting such programmes to enthuse them to take to aviation.”