US-based defence manufacturer Lockheed Martin came under scathing attack from Indian Twitter users over its announcement of "for-India-from-India" F-21 fighter planes when they accused the company of pushing old and obsolete technology onto India.
The company claimed that the aircraft "is different, inside and out, delivering unmatched Make in India opportunities".
Lockheed's rival firm and another aviation giant Boeing was among the first to aim veiled sarcasm at it with a tweet.
Indian Twitter users called out the company for attempting to sell old technology to India. "Trying to sell 80's technology in 2019, clever", said a user.
LOOOOL only thing “different” about this is the name. what’s the point of these fancy animations when you could have put videos of F-16’s it’s the same aircraft hahaha. Trying to sell 80’s technology in 2019, clever.— Danny Dannowitz (@MyManHussain) February 20, 2019
User @GruhamB remarked that the company had "just renamed an ancient F-16" and now hopes to sell it to India.
Rename an ancient F-16 and hope to sell it to India?— 🇮🇳 Gruham Bendakaluru 🌀 (@GruhamB) February 20, 2019
@VenkatKShriyan calls the entire episode as making mockery of Indian defence establishment.
Haha…Making mockery of India Defense…! Shame— Venkat Krishna (@VenkatKShriyan) February 21, 2019
One user sarcastically remarked that this would facilitate trading of spare parts between India and Pakistan. Pakistan has US-made F-16 Falcons in its air force.
Wow, Pakistan and India can trade spare parts then.— Nfuel (@nfuel900) February 20, 2019
"No thanks Lockheed", exclaimed one Twitter user.
No Thanks Lockheed.— cmrj 🇮🇳 (@LyfIsAJourney) February 21, 2019