And just like that, we have a new jet

So Lockheed Martin just coughed up an updated F-16 they call the F-21 to pitch to the Indian Air Force, who is shopping hard for a new strike fighter to replace aging Jaguars and MiG-29s. While the current crop of suitors includes the F-16, MiG-35, Dassault Rafale, and Eurofighter Typhoon, the IAF is reportedly not loving the F-16 as it is a more dated design. With that in mind: Boom! Here’s the F-21!

“Specifically configured for the Indian Air Force, the F-21 provides unmatched ‘Make in India’ opportunities and strengthens India’s path to an advanced airpower future,” says Lockheed, hinting it as a stepping stone to get some of that sweet F-35 love.

The move reminds me of that time in 1982 that Northrop took the F-5G and dubbed it– the F-20 Tigershark!

Only 3 Tigersharks were built on spec and, with no sales on the horizon for the upgraded Vietnam-era aircraft, Northrop canned the program in 1986.

Maybe Lockheed will have better luck

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One response to “And just like that, we have a new jet”

  1. Secundius says :

    Or the “Falcon-21” (i.e. F-21), an F-16AT Falcon-21 or an F-16XL with a “Trapezoidal” Wing similar to either the Lockheed F-104 “Starfighter” or the [defunct] Lockheed CL-1200 “Lancer”. If the latter, it would have had a top speed of ~Mach 2.6 (1,494.2mph)…

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