SP Guide Publications puts forth a well compiled articulation of issues, pursuits and accomplishments of the Indian Army, over the years

— General Manoj Pande, Indian Army Chief

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— Admiral R. Hari Kumar, Indian Navy Chief

My compliments to SP Guide Publications for informative and credible reportage on contemporary aerospace issues over the past six decades.

— Air Chief Marshal V.R. Chaudhari, Indian Air Force Chief

MMRCA Deal - Boost to Indigenous Efforts

Issue: 04-2009By Ambassador Douglas A. Hartwick, Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin India OperationsIllustration(s): By ambdr_douglas.jpg

Lockheed Martin is excited at the opportunity offered to the company to participate in India’s Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) competition. This is a great opportunity for our company to prove what type of technology, products, innovation and more importantly partnership we truly bring to this competition to India. It is also a great opportunity to showcase to the Indian Air Force (IAF) what a great aircraft the F-16IN Super Viper is. Lockheed Martin is the only company in the world which produces Fifth Generation aircraft. As a result, the F-16IN Super Viper is a unique new fighter sharing a heritage with the world’s only Fifth Generation fighters—the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter and the F-22 Raptor. Evolutionary integration of Fifth Generation technologies makes the F-16IN the most advanced Fourth Generation fighter in the world today. We submitted our response to the IAF’s request for proposal (RFP) last year in April and have already completed two rounds of technical queries. We are now waiting for word on the field trials. It is important to note that the entire Lockheed Martin MMRCA team has been extremely ¬impressed with the way the evaluations are being conducted and the degree of detail the IAF is requiring from the competitors. Lockheed feels that such details are good as it offers us an opportunity to show that the F-16IN Super Viper is the right choice for the IAF. We have tailored this aircraft exclusively for the IAF to meet or exceed all of the MMRCA requirements. This is why we are so excited about the prospect of field trials and the opportunity to show on the flight line and in the air what the F-16IN Super Viper can do.