Highlights: In April 2018 it was reported that the Indian Air Force had put the FGFA program on indefinite hold, scuppering the chances of it fielding an Indian-optimized Su-57 derivative. Lockheed Martin rebranded its latest advanced F-16 offering for India as the F-21. Indian Air Force MiG-21 Bison loaded with R-73 and R-77 missiles.
As well as expanding the overall fighter fleet, aging types like the Bison need replacement. Officials from Lockheed Martin and Tata Advanced Systems Limited sign an agreement affirming their intent to co-produce the F-16 Block 70 in India, in 2017. Progress on signing off on orders for the Tejas had been slow and there remain question marks over its capabilities and growth potential