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    Netizens Call Out Lockheed Martin for Peddling Old Tech to India

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    At the ongoing Aero India Show in Bangaluru, the company unveiled its multi-role F-21 fighter aircraft, sharing a tweet on Tuesday. Indians on social media were not amused by the announcement, calling the plane a renamed version of an outdated platform.

    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.

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    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.

    User @GruhamB remarked that the company had "just renamed an ancient F-16" and now hopes to sell it to India.

    @VenkatKShriyan calls the entire episode as making mockery of Indian defence establishment.

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    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.

    "No thanks Lockheed", exclaimed one Twitter user.

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