Friday, November 04, 2016

India Plans To Buy 200-300 Fighter Jets

Just a month after signing a government-to-government deal with France’s Dassault Aviation for acquiring 36 Rafale fighter jets, India has hinted that it will purchase 200-300 more fighters, if foreign companies agree to manufacture those aircraft under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ programme.

The Indian Defence Ministry sources have claimed that the proposed acquisition will help the South Asian country overcome a critical shortage in its fighter aircraft fleet. A senior ministry official, who wished to remain anonymous, recently told the media that the government asked Indian embassies overseas to get in touch with all major aircraft manufacturers for detailed information on the aircraft they could offer. The Indian envoys in different European countries have also been asked to discuss “mode of technology transfer” with foreign manufacturers.
03/11/16 Koushik Das/In News