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Lockheed sees demand for additional 400 F-16 jets over 10 years - executive

FILE PHOTO: A F-16 takes off during the Real Thaw 2018 exercise at Air Base number 5 in Monte Real, Portugal February 6, 2018. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp is anticipating demand for an additional 400 F-16 fighter jets globally over the next decade, a senior executive at the U.S. defence contractor said on Wednesday.

Randall Howard, who leads F-16 business development at Lockheed Martin, made the comments on the sidelines of the Singapore Airshow.

"As I look today across Central Europe, across the Mediterranean, across the Middle East, across South America, across Southeast Asia…If you add all of these countries up and India as well, I can see an additional 400 plus aircraft in the next six, eight to 10 years," he said.

"I've not said this before, I've said 200 over five-seven (years) but what I've seen in the last three years, there's been a tremendous uptick in interest in the F-16."

(Reporting by Brenda GohEditing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)