Lockheed Martin might move F-16 production line to India

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  1. DrewDaHilp1 macrumors 6502a

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    Even though they are out dated monkey models being sold to foreign governments, they should still be made here.
     
  2. satcomer macrumors 603

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    Um the F-16 was made all over the world since it's beginning so this isn't news!
     
  3. DrewDaHilp1 macrumors 6502a

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    For or in? I know other countries have them but were they manufactured other places too?
     
  4. satcomer macrumors 603

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    Yes!
     
  5. DrewDaHilp1 macrumors 6502a

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    File that under today I learned :)
     
  6. aaronvan thread starter Suspended

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    Perhaps it's been licensed for manufacture but the article clearly states L-M may move the F-16 production line to India. A/C and car manufacturers are one thing. Let's see Trump take on the Military-Industrial Complex.
     
  7. thewitt macrumors 68020

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    That's actually easier than taking on the automotive market, since the government writes the checks.
     
  8. rjohnstone macrumors 68040

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    Lockheed is not moving anything. They are planning on building a new plant there to make F-16s for the Indian government.
    It's more cost effective to build them there. That would shift some of the production from it's current line in Texas. They're still making F16s for Iraq. The US stopped ordering them a couple of years ago. The F35 is supposed to replace it.

    Lack of new contracts for the now 45 year old aircraft are drying up and the facility in Texas may wind down unless the feds don't approve the plant in India. In which case India may back out of the contract which could still kill the Texas plant.

    There used to be plants in Belgium, the Netherlands, Turkey and another in South Korea.
    Those have all since stopped producing F16s as there is no new demand for them.
     
  9. The-Real-Deal82 macrumors 601

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    No different to the British Harrier being manufactured in America under license.
     
  10. aaronvan thread starter Suspended

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    Congress writes the checks and Congress is owned by the MIC.

    I'm just quoting the Secretary of the Air Force who said, "...moving production..."
     
  11. rjohnstone macrumors 68040

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    I can see how that can be read to think they were shutting down Ft. Worth plant.
    It's still producing Iraqi variants of the F-16IQ. They have a potential order form Pakistan, but the funding is not approved yet.

    The word is pretty much the F-16 is probably going to cease U.S. production regardless as there is simply no more demand from the U.S. Air Force.
    The USAF has a bone yard in Marana, AZ with hundreds of F-16s available for spare parts or they can be placed back in active duty if needed.

    Lockheed will likely go into upgrade mode for existing aircraft.
    The new F-16V series that came out in 2015 can be ordered as new plane (Lockheed has said that no one has bought any yet), so they may simply make the V option as an upgrade to existing aircraft.
    It's basically a cockpit upgrade/modernization and adding the new AESA fire control system.
     
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    In this case, the Indian government writes the checks.
     

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