Bengaluru: US aviation and aerospace major Lockheed Martin has flown in four F-16 Fighting Falcon multi-role fighters for the AeroIndia 2009 Air Show being held here at the Yelahanka Air base. The F-16s will show off their flying abilities at the Air Show as they perform extreme manoeuvres in the air with a full weapons load over the next five days.
Two of the F-16s are believed to be legacy fighters from previous avatars of the various developments the aircraft has gone through over the years. The other two, however, are learnt to be from the very latest Block 60 version of the aircraft, and have been borrowed from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Air Force.
This is the version that Lockheed is offering to India for its requirement of 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft, for which half a dozen aircraft from different countries are competing. The order is believed to be worth approximately $11 billion. Among Lockheed's competitors present at the Air Show are the Eurofighter Typhoon (three of these from the German Luftwaffe are also present) and a single Russian MiG35.