Pentagon Backs Proposal To Give US Fighter Jets ‘Make In India’ Tag

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This Pentagon Backs Proposal To Give US Fighter Jets ‘Make In India’ Tag.
The Pentagon has backed proposals from US aviation giants Boeing and Lockheed Martin to manufacture top-line fighter aircraft as part of the ‘Make in India’ initiative. The proposals, including breakthrough offers on transfer of technology and licences, were conveyed by US defence secretary Ashton Carter to defence minister Manohar Parrikar last week.
Boeing’s offer is for the versatile F-18 twin-engine fighter while Lockheed Martin’s is for the single-engined F-16. Since every F-18 costs about $100 million and F-16s are close to the $70-million mark each, the proposal represents a very large investment. If either comes through, it will mean setting up of a production line, and will translate into a giant leap for the aviation sector in India.
Government sources said the US has also accepted an Indian non-paper on broader export controls in light of the latter being designated a major defence partner of Washington. The two sides also discussed sharing of sensitive data related to top-end defence technology and possible transfer of high-altitude long-duration drones for maritime surveillance.
The possible Indian acquisition of the battle-proven Predator drone was also discussed. “Defence minister Manohar Parrikar’s visit to the US had significant outcomes with Pentagon agreeing to work on the Indian non-paper for easier export controls,” said a senior official.
New Delhi is pleased with the Pentagon move, but the US departments of commerce and state will have to be partnered to make this happen as clearances on licences and transfer of technology lie within their ambit. “Since a major component of Grippen NG fighter, including the engine and the radar, are US, the latest developments show that there would be no obstacle from Washington on even transfer of technology for Swedish fighter. The Pentagon, however, understands that all these proposals will have to go through the competitive route,” said the official.
During his three-day US visit, Parrikar visited the Boeing Apache and Chinook helicopter factory in Philadelphia with the Indian Air Force (IAF) showing interest in the newly-developed KC-46 strategic tanker to augment the Indian mid-air refuelling tanker fleet.
The IAF’s requirement has been pegged at 126 multi-role fighters. This means at least 90 fighters are to be made in India as the remaining 36 will be Rafales, the deal for which is in the last lap. The IAF’s squadron strength has dwindled to 33, with the mandated strength being 42 squadrons of 18-20 planes each.
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    October 8, 2017 at 9:11 am

    If Narendra Modi remains another term, INDIA will be a strong country with robust economy. in next 100 yrs, there will be no other PM that could move INDIA in a greater height

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    love peace
    October 8, 2017 at 9:11 am

    wow such amazing

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    October 8, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Already everything on the US store shelves is made in China and even now, the US navy is looking for a Chinese construction firm to bulld a navy port. With this deal in the video, where India will be given technology and authorized to build US planes and helicopters and drones, the next step will be to have the production of these planes to be farmed out to India along with the technology for drones and since India is also very friendly to Russia, there is a great possibility that such technology will end up in Russian hands as well However, this might not mater if Rump is elected, he may well give all technology to Putin and China anyway.

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    Amazing India
    October 8, 2017 at 9:11 am

    we should go for only 18

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    Elvis Patrao
    October 8, 2017 at 9:11 am

    fast please

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    Steven Smith
    October 8, 2017 at 9:11 am

    GREAT! So now our Defense Industry is being Off-Shored. This will result in Russia having full access to our technologies, as, India & Russia are snuggling up.

    Unbelievable, just unbelievable! What next? This administration & current political hierarchy need to be gone, FAST!

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