Making the announcement, Orville Prins, vice president (Business Development-India) said: "Lockheed Martin is very pleased to have Abhinav Bindra fly in the F-16IN Super Viper. It is a perfect fit. Lockheed Martin and Abhinav share the same commitment to integrity and the F-16IN and Abhinav have achieved absolute excellence in performance."
Bindra will be flown by a highly experienced test pilot with Lockheed Martin. The flight will last approximately 45 minutes. He will undergo the mandatory medical fitness test before takeoff and will also get a ground briefing before going on the sortie.
Bindra said: "I was instantly excited when the offer to fly on F16IN came. I have heard about the adrenalin rush when the aircraft sorties in the air and am looking forward to experience it. I guess it will be an encore of what I felt when I hit the target at Olympics. I thank Lockheed Martin for giving me this honour".
India's best Olympian aids Lockheed's F-16IN bid
Fighter manufacturers are seeking out celebrity endorsements this week. First, Brazil reached out to Tom Cruise to turn Top Gun tricks on the Super Tucano (see item below). Now, Lockheed Martin has signed up Abhinav Bindra, India's first Olympic gold medalist -- for shooting, of all sports -- to fly around the Aero India air show next week in the F-16IN Super Viper, according to the Hindu Times.
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