Boeing is excited to team up with India’s only company that manufactures combat fighters, HAL, and India’s only company that manufactures small commercial airplanes, Mahindra. This partnership brings the best of Indian public and private enterprises together in partnership with the world’s largest aerospace company, Boeing, to accelerate a contemporary 21st century ecosystem for aerospace & defence manufacturing in India.
Announced Pratyush Kumar, President, Boeing India, said here. Boeing had been in talks with HAL and Mahindra for more than a year now for the F/A-18 Super Hornet project. Its partnership with HAL, which already has the competency to build warplanes, is expected to drastically bring down the cost of each F/A-18, which might not be a positive news for the Russians who are looking to offer the advanced MiG-35 at a lower cost compared to others.
The announcement comes at a time when the Indian Air Force is looking to procure 110 fighters jets under a $15-billion deal and the Indian Navy is in advanced stages to purchase 57 multi-role carrier borne fighters (MRCBF) for around $12 billion.
“Our partnership with HAL and Mahindra will enable us to optimize the full potential of India’s public and private sector to deliver next-generation F/A-18 fighter capabilities. Together we can deliver an affordable, combat-proven fighter platform for India, while adding growth momentum to the Indian aerospace ecosystem with manufacturing, skill development, innovation and engineering and job creation,” Kumar added.
Boeing also said the Super Hornet ‘Make in India’ proposal is to build an entirely new production facility that can be utilized for other programmes such as India’s Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft.
T Suvarna Raju, Chairman and Managing Director, HAL said the partnership with “will create an opportunity to develop capabilities of the aerospace industry and strengthen indigenous platforms in India thereby contributing to the Make-in-India activities.”
Future production with Indian partners will involve maximizing indigenous content and producing the F/A-18 in India for its armed forces to create a 21st century aerospace ecosystem, the company said in a statement. Companies like Lockheed Martin and SAAB have already announced their joint-venture with Tatas and Adani Group respectively for building the F-16 and Gripen E in India.
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