Michael R. Griswold, director of advanced development programmes at Lockheed-Martin was in Delhi recently and met the press for an update on the company’s offerings in the Indian MMRCA competition. He spoke at a time when there’s been a measure of discussion on the web about the notion that India would do better to buy the F-35 instead of 126 fourth generation fighters. The suggestion was followed by the Defence Secretary outright debunking the possibility of India acquiring a fifth generation fighter other than the PAK_FA/FGFA. Well Mr Griswold said he wasn’t equipped to talk about the F-35 for India, but couldn’t resist a barb. Nobody can in the airplane business anymore. “The fifth generation JV with Russia? Yeah, well all I can say is best of luck with that,” Griswold said.
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