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At DEFEXPO 2022, Lockheed Martin demonstrates its dedication to an independent India

The company's exhibit features a wide range of cutting-edge technology from the business sectors of Aeronautics, Rotary and Mission Systems, and Missiles and Fire Control.

NEW DELHI – From October 18 to 22, 2022, Gandhinagar, Gujarat will host the 12th biennial DEFEXPO India, where Lockheed Martin will present its broad range of defence capabilities and solutions. This year, the company’s exhibit features a wide range of cutting-edge technology from the business sectors of Aeronautics, Rotary and Mission Systems, and Missiles and Fire Control.

“Lockheed Martin is committed to assisting in the growth of India’s strategic security capabilities and the advancement of its defence manufacturing ecosystem. Our joint ventures with Tata and industrial relationships with many Indian companies such as Ashok Leyland, Lakshmi Machine Works, MIDHANIi, Rossell Techsys, and SASMOS among others are a testament to the success of the government of India’s mission to create ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ in the defence sector,” said William L. Blair, chief executive, Lockheed Martin India Pvt. Ltd.

“Participating at DEFEXPO 2022 gives us the opportunity to showcase our advanced technologies and innovative capabilities directly to the largest gathering of defence and aerospace partners and our customers in India,” Blair said. “We look forward to engaging with our customers and industry partners to discuss their key priorities for advancement of India’s national security, indigenous production and human capital development agendas.”

One of the most technologically sophisticated complicated aerostructures, a “Made in India” fuel-carrying, 9G, 12,000 hour, interchangeable/replaceable fighter wing will be the main draw at Lockheed Martin’s pavilion this year. The TATA Lockheed Martin Aerostructures Limited (TLMAL) plant in Hyderabad produced this wing. The TLMAL joint venture serves as the sole global supplier for C-130J empennage assemblies used on all new Super Hercules aircraft and is an example of the “Make in India” objectives of the Indian government. More than 180 C-130J empennages have been produced and exported by TLMAL to this point.

At Lockheed Martin’s booth, the F-21 fighter jet that is being offered to the Indian Air Force (IAF) will also be prominently displayed. In order to provide the best solution to meet or exceed the IAF’s capability needs, provide Make in India industrial opportunities, and speed up India-United States cooperation on advanced technologies, including but not limited to fighter aircraft, the company is leveraging both 4th and 5th generation technologies. The F-21 is a testament to Lockheed Martin’s dedication to providing the IAF with a cutting-edge, single-engine fighter — For India, From India.

Another highlight for Lockheed Martin during the event is the multi-mission MH-60R “Romeo” helicopter’s purchase by the Indian Navy. The MH-60R is the most sophisticated maritime helicopter in the world and provides essential capabilities for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare to the Indo-Pacific region.

In 2021, the U.S. Navy already handed over the first three aircraft to the Indian Navy, and these aircraft are already being used in California to train Indian crew members and pilots. the U.S. in July–August 2022 Three more helicopters were sent by the Navy to India, where they would initially be stationed at Naval Air Station INS Garuda in Kochi. Over the following few years, a total of 24 MH-60Rs will be delivered to the nation.

The C-130J Super Hercules airlifter, a workhorse for India and a symbol of the long-standing alliance between India and the United States, will also be on exhibit at the Lockheed Martin pavilion.

The IAF makes use of its fleet to support a range of operations, from cargo delivery to providing essential humanitarian help, such as in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as for the transfer of relief supplies, equipment, and personnel in the areas impacted by storms Yaas and Tauktae.

The best in class for safety and dependability S-92 helicopter will also increase Lockheed Martin’s presence at the show. Recent fleet flight hours for the S-92 helicopter have topped 2 million, which is evidence of the versatile aircraft’s dependability.

Lockheed Martin also manufactures the Javelin anti-tank guided missile system as a component of the Javelin Joint Venture. The capacity to counter a variety of close combat threats is provided by this adaptable and powerful one-man portable and platform-employed multi-target precision weapon system.

The weapon steers itself to the target using fire-and-forget technology without the need for outside directions, allowing soldiers to take cover or change positions. Javelin may be used in a variety of situations and operational circumstances thanks to its range of 65 metres to 4 kilometres in most cases and its ability to operate through inclement weather and battlefield obscurants.

Through fostering and extending ties with regional businesses, Lockheed Martin is able to build on its more than seven decades of association and three decades of partnerships with India while bolstering the ecosystem’s in-country defence manufacturing base. The company’s current and upcoming programmes in India include fighter, transport, and maritime aircraft as well as sea- and land-based air and missile defence initiatives  including new and renewable energy.

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