The joint venture has built the first prototype of fighter aircraft wings at the facility based in Hyderabad
Tata-Lockheed Martin Aerostructures Ltd (TLMAL), a partnership among Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, has been formally recognized by latter as a prospective future co-producer of fighter wings.
The move comes after TLMAL built the initial prototype onsite, laying the groundwork for the fabrication of fighter aircraft wings.
In 2018, Lockheed Martin and TLMAL had agreed to collaborate on the development of a fighter wing model.
Recently, at an event that marked the first ever fighter aircraft wing prototype built at the joint venture plant in Hyderabad, Lockheed Martin announced said that with the help of this prototype project, TLMAL will showcase its potential to undertake comprehensive part production and delivery of a fully compliant fighter aircraft wing shipset.
The event was attended by Telangana Industries and IT Minister K.T.Rama Rao, as well as key executives from Tata Advanced Systems, Lockheed Martin, along with TLMAL.
Aimee Burnett, Lockheed Martin Integrated Fighter Group’s Vice President, stated that Lockheed Martin has teamed with TLMAL to construct among the most technologically challenging aerostructures, a fuel-carrying 9G, 12,000-hour, exchangeable fighter wing.
Lockheed Martin is exhibiting to India, as well as the rest of the globe, the level of trust that resides in its partnerships with Indian partners, she said.
Lockheed Martin's collaboration with India is strengthened by the prototype development, which complements its F-21 product designed specifically for India and the Indian Air Force (IAF).
While showing interest in delivering 114 new fighter aircraft, the company has pledged to expand its domestic manufacturing capabilities.
For those unaware, TLMAL is the only global supplier of C-130J empennage assemblies, which are fitted on all new Super Hercules planes. According to sources, it just completed the production and delivery of the 150th C-130J empennage.