President Barack Obama’s administration is working on a deal to build fighter jets in India, just as President-elect Donald Trump is vowing to keep jobs in America. If the deal goes through, the Indian government would manufacture F-16 Fighting Falcons and F/A-18 Super Hornets to replace its aging fleet of Russian-made fighters. Both Lockheed Martin and Boeing have made proposals to the Indian government.
Lockheed Martin would move its entire production from Texas to India in the deal, which would make India the only producer of the F-16 in the world. The U.S. military is cutting its own use of the plane for more modern F-35s, but is continuing to make it for sale to other countries. But Lockheed Martin and Boeing said the move would not result in a net loss of American jobs and would also increase employment in India.