Boeing has pitched its Advanced F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets to India as it seeks to carve a bigger share of the defense market in the South Asian country, among the world’s biggest arms importers.
The Indian Navy last year invited proposals for 57 jets for its aircraft carriers, while the Indian Air Force (IAF) is seeking at least 100 twin-engine fighter planes along with an equal number or more of single engine jets in a different category. Boeing and Saab AB have said in the past that India should combine the two – IAF and Navy – parallel procurements, which would make it the world’s biggest fighter jet order.
The aerospace giant, which already has the biggest share among the US companies in India, is among the multinational respondents now discussing some Requests for Information (RFIs) for potential partnerships with the Indian industry.
“We would expect them to pull together more definitive requirements based on the inputs that they would have and then move forward with a tender,” said Gene Cunningham, Boeing’s Vice President For Defense, Space and Security adding that, Boeing is looking at local partners to fulfill the ‘Make In India’ part of any potential deal and expects to have preliminary relationships stitched by the end of this year.
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