New Delhi: In the past few years the flavour and fervour of Defence Expos in India are growing vertically. The intense feeling and passion in common people are visibly clear in general and on social media. The OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturer) too make sure that they contribute to maintaining the tempo. Like Lockheed Martin, in the runup to the upcoming DefExpo2020 that is claimed to be the biggest ever, tweeted a desi creative that was liked by many. Lucknow, we are about to land. ✈ Delighted to be a part of the 11th edition of @DefExpoIndia 2020 and showcase our #ForIndiaFromIndia commitment of over 30 years, tweeted Lockheed Martin India.
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— Lockheed Martin India (@LMIndiaNews) January 22, 2020
The global defence equipment and aerospace manufacturing giant is set to showcase its robust and diverse portfolio at the 11th edition of DefExpo2020. “We are proud to participate in the show, where we can showcase our commitment to ‘Make in India’ directly to the largest gathering of defence and aerospace partners in the country,” said William Blair, vice-president, and chief executive of Lockheed Martin India on Wednesday.
“Lockheed Martin continues to build upon its more than three decades of partnership with India, expand collaborations with local industry to support the evolution of indigenous defence manufacturing ecosystem, and further advance India’s strategic security and industrial capabilities,” he added.
“We are proud to participate in the show, where we can showcase our commitment to ‘Make in India’ directly to the largest gathering of defence and aerospace partners in the country,”- William Blair, chief executive, Lockheed Martin India
The F-21 fighter aircraft, which is on offer to the Indian Air Force will take the centre stage at Lockheed Martin’s display during DefExpo. The F-21 demonstrates Lockheed Martin’s commitment to delivering an advanced, scalable single-engine fighter to the Indian Air Force that also provides unrivalled industrial partnership opportunities for India in India.
Another prominent platform will be the MH-60R “Romeo” SEAHAWK helicopter, also on offer to the Indian Navy. The MH-60R is the world’s most advanced maritime helicopter and will bring vital anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capabilities to the Indo-Pacific region.
Boosting Lockheed Martin’s presence at the show is the C-130J Super Hercules and the S-92 multi-role helicopter, both of which represent a strong legacy of partnership with India and the Indian defence industry. The Indian Air Force operates 12 C-130Js, using the tactical airlifter for its multipurpose usage. India also is connected to the C-130J through Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures Limited, a joint venture, that has the distinction of being the single-global source of C-130J empennage assemblies included on all new Super Hercules aircraft. All C-130Js now built have major components manufactured in India.
LMCO will also showcase the Javelin Anti-Tank Guided Missile system. This versatile and effective one-man-portable and platform-employed anti-tank and multi-target precision weapon system provides the capability to defeat a broad spectrum of close combat threats on the modern battlefield. Using fire-and-forget technology, the weapon guides itself to the target without external commands, allowing soldiers to take cover or reposition.
Another highlight will be the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS), the advanced electro-optical fire control system used by AH-64D/E Apache helicopter pilots for long-range precision engagement and pilotage capabilities in a day, night and adverse-weather missions; and precision-guided munitions.
Defence Expo is taking place in Lucknow from February 5 to 9, 2020.