After the debacle of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jet it seems as though India has woken up. After intense lobbying by Lockheed Martin India’s Defense Minister, Manohar Parrikar, has said thanks but no thanks to purchasing the F-16 fighter jet and to the possibility of an F-16 manufacturing base in India. According to Sputnik an Indian lawmaker suggested that Indian fighter pilots get used to flying F-16’s during the Red Flag joint exercise in Alaska. The Defense Minister replied with “The experience of flying [against] F-16 is what we require as we are not going to induct F-16, at least; as of now.”
The Minister made the parliament aware that the most crucial part of the Red Flag exercise was acclimatising the Indian Air Force to counter enemy planes like the F-16. Earlier this year the Defense Minister announced that India’s private sector would be involved in establishing fighter jet manufacturing units under their Make in India campaign. Even though Lockheed Martin representatives visited India to lobby for their company to be involved India has no concrete plans of involving Lockheed Martin.
Maybe this denial to Lockheed Martin comes after the US intentions to sell F-16’s to Pakistan even with condemnation from India and the US Congress who suggest the jets will be used against India. The saga is still ongoing with the US congress denying funds to Pakistan for the sale. In the meantime the administration has offered Pakistan the ability to purchase the F-16 with its own funds. Pakistan was supposed to pay only $270 million while the US administration was to pay $430 million in subsidies via what the US calls the Foreign Military Financing Budget. In other words the US tax payer foots the bill for war mongerers and banksters once again. The sale of the jets to Pakistan is intended to assist with fighting militants in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The US congress once again at the latest hearing has accused Pakistan of not doing enough to combat militants and are concerned the jets will be used against India.
So due to the positions held by the administration, US congress, and the manufacturers it should be open to all to see that for Lockheed Martin and the rest of the Military Industrial Complex they will sell to opposing sides with differences as long as they make a sale. One thing is for certain, President Dwight Eisenhower warned the US of the Military Industrial Complex taking over of US democracy at his farewell speech in 1961. It Seems that his warning has fallen on deaf ears. A quote from that speech; “The potential for disastrous misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic process.”