hey guys ,great news ,lockheed martin is now talking of collaboration with the indian space research organisation for joint research and development of space technology.
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New Delhi, Nov 10: US aviation major Lockheed Martin on Friday said it was in talks to collaborate in India''s space programme and joint research on integrated weapons platforms to counter future security threats.
"We are exploring what desire there is on Indian side," Lockheed Martin''s CEO Robert J Stevens, who heads the company with a turnover of over 60 billion dollars, told a news agency here.
A number of meetings have been held with the top brass of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and more are slated, he said.
Lockheed Martin is one of the leading US companies involved in making space vehicles and recently won a multi- billion dollar NASA contract for producing follow-on spacecraft to the Space Shuttle.
On a "familiarisation" visit to India, Stevens today met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee. He said the US industry had put its weight behind mobilising support for the passage of the Indo- US civil nuclear deal in Congress.
"I do see prospects of the passage of the agreement in the Senate even in a lame duck session as support for the deal is bipartisan," Stevens said.
The US industry is "actively canvassing" for the agreement with congressional leaders as it feels "the nuclear deal would open the doors for further Indo-US cooperation in other strategic sectors", he said.
Elaborating on possibilities for collaboration in space programmes, Stevens said his company could offer India its expertise in low earth orbiting vehicles, lunar exploration and manufacture of inter-planetary spacecraft for possible missions to Mars.
India is planning its maiden moon mission, Chandrayaan-I, in 2008 and a recent meeting of top scientists has suggested that the country should make a manned flight into space.
Noting that his company had advanced expertise in diverse areas, Stevens said Lockheed Martin is also prepared to offer India its expertise in missile defence, simulators and training, and building warships.
On its bid to sell its Super C-130J transport aircraft to India, Stevens said the offer to provide 10 aircraft for the special forces was in an advanced stage of negotiations.
Lockheed Martin also has plans to sell eight P3C Orion maritime reconnaissance aircraft to the Indian Navy. "Both these sales are going to be government-to-government sales and are in an advanced state of talks," he said.
The company is also one of the frontline bidders for India''s plans to buy 126 multi-role combat aircraft with its F-16 jets.
Though there have been reports about the company planning to make heavy investments in India, Stevens refused to be drawn out on this issue. "We plan to make heavy investments. We will be making major announcements in the next four-five months," he said.
Lockheed Martin is a major supplier of military and civilian information technology systems to the US administration and is reported to be in negotiations with major Indian players in the field like Infosys, TCS and Wipro.