Thursday Oct 06, 2022

DefExpo 2022: MH-60R, F-21 and advanced technologies from the American aerospace company Lockheed Martin

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The exhibition is taking place this time in the state of Gujarat and has been extended for one day as there is a lot of interest from the local people.

US-based Lockheed Martin, which has been present in India for over three decades, will showcase a diverse portfolio of missiles, aerospace, rotary mission systems and more at the 12th DefExpo 2022 to be held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat this month. next.

The exhibition is taking place this time in the state of Gujarat and has been extended for one day as there is a lot of interest from the local people. Now the exhibition runs from March 10 to 14, 2022.

What will be displayed?

The biggest attraction, according to the company, this year will be a most technologically advanced “Made in India” complex aerostructure – and it is an interchangeable/replaceable, 9G, 12,000 hour, fuel-carrying fighter wing.

According to the company, this technologically advanced structure was manufactured at the facilities of Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures Limited (TLMAL) located in Hyderabad.

This installation illustrates the country’s “Make in India” objectives. Additionally, it serves as the single worldwide source for C-130J tail assemblies that are installed on all new Super Hercules aircraft.

Last year, in September, the TLMAL plant achieved a major milestone in the manufacture and delivery of the 150th C-130J tailplane.

The company will showcase the C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft which is part of the Indian Air Force (IAF) fleet and represents a strong legacy of partnership between India and the United States. This aircraft was the workhorse of the IAF and was used in various missions including humanitarian aid and cargo delivery. As previously reported, during the second wave of COVID 19, this aircraft was used extensively to transport medical aid, relief materials, across the country. It was also deployed to provide supplies and transport personnel to areas affected by Cyclones Yaas and Tauktae.

MH-60R Romeo multi-mission helicopter

As the Indian Navy prepares to receive three MH-60R Romeo multi-mission helicopters this summer, for the first multi-role helicopter squadron, it will be another attraction of the company’s exhibition. Financial Express Online has previously reported that the Indian Navy will get a total of 24 MH-60Rs from Lockheed Martin. This helicopter is considered to be the most advanced maritime helicopter in the world and will enhance the Indian Navy’s anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capabilities in the Indo-Pacific region.

The F-21 fighter jet

The American company, which first offered its F-16 fighters for the IAF, launched F-21s at Aero India in 2019. According to officials in 2019, the F-21 has the capabilities that meet the unique requirements of the IAF.

This year, the company is back with the aircraft and leveraging 4th and 5th generation technologies to deliver the best solution for the IAF’s capability needs.

He also offered to build this aircraft jointly with TLML in India. The US aerospace company is ready to provide industrial manufacturing opportunities in India and help accelerate India-US cooperation on advanced technologies as well.

The S-76D helicopter

In 2021, at Aero India, a letter of intent was signed between Lockheed Martin and Tata Advanced Systems Limited to team up for the S-76D tender for the Indian Naval Utility Helicopter (NUH) program. This helicopter, which the company says has an unrivaled record of safety and reliability will be another attraction.

Javelin anti-tank guided missile system

As part of the Javelin joint venture, Lockheed Martin also produces the Javelin anti-tank guided missile system. It has the ability to operate in adverse weather and battlefield conditions and can be deployed in different environments.

Commentary from the Vice President and General Manager, Lockheed Martin India

“We will be able to showcase our advanced technologies directly and we look forward to exploring new relationships across the country, including with large, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and start-ups during the show,” said William L Blair. , vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin India.

Referring to the joint ventures with Tata as a testament to the success of AtmaNirbhar Bharat, Mr. Blair said: “The company is committed to contributing to the growth of India’s strategic security capabilities and the development of an ecosystem of indigenous defense manufacturing in India.


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