Thursday, February 08, 2007

Bangalore: U.S. aircraft manufacturers -- Boeing and Lockheed -- have apparently decided to lock horns with each other at the ongoing Aero India show here, and the target they are gunning for is Ratan Tata, the Chairman of the Tata group of companies.
With Lockheed having belled Tata first, by getting him to fly in its F-16 aircraft today, Boeing sources announced that they might get the Tata honcho to fly their F-18 aircraft from the Yelahanka Air Force base here tomorrow.
Boeing sources, however, were unwilling to confirm the report, saying that Tata may or may not fly the aircraft.
The F/A-18 "Hornet" is a single- and two-seat, twin engine, multi-mission fighter/attack aircraft that can operate from either aircraft carriers or land bases.
The F/A-18 fills a variety of roles: air superiority, fighter escort, suppression of enemy air defenses, reconnaissance, forward air control, close and deep air support, and day and night strike missions. The F/A-18 Hornet replaced the F-4 Phantom II fighter and A-7 Corsair II light attack jet, and also replaced the A-6 Intruder as these aircraft were retired during the 1990s.
08/02/07 Suman Sharma/, US

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