The Obama administration gave the defense industry the go-ahead on plans to build classic American fighter jets in India.
With the support of the current administration, both Lockheed Martin and Boeing have been in talks with the Indian government to build the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the F/A-18 Super Hornet for the Indian Air Force in India, according to the Washington Post.
The companies intend to move their production facilities to India. Lockheed may relocate its entire F-16 assembly line, moving manufacturing from Texas to India.
While the F-16 has been produced in other countries through joint ventures before, this could be the first time that the entire assembly line has been moved abroad.
The F-16 may be produced “exclusively” in India.
Furthermore, in addition to manufacturing and exporting U.S. fighter aircraft, India will also be involved in supporting thousands of F-16s operating worldwide.
Having strengthened cooperation with the Indian military in recent years, these deals have the full support of the Obama administration.
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