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Boeing wants to sell F/A-18 jets to Navy for share in Indian defence market

India's navy last year invited proposals for 57 jets for its aircraft carriers

Kyunghee Park | Bloomberg 

Boeing says IAF inquiry for twin-engine fighter coming soon, hopes to build 200 in India

Co. is in talks with the to sell its F/A-18 Hornet in a bid to gain a bigger share of the defense market in the South Asian country, the world’s biggest arms importer. A lot of technical evaluation has yet to take place, Gene Cunningham, Boeing’s vice president for defense, space and security, told reporters at the The company is also seeing opportunities for its KC-46 multirole tanker in India and other countries, Cunningham said. India’s navy last year invited proposals for 57 jets for its aircraft carriers, while its air force is seeking at least 100 planes. and Saab AB have said both the orders should be combined, which would make it the world’s biggest fighter jet order in play. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who plans to spend $250 billion in the coming years on defense equipment from to guns and helmets, wants India and local companies to get a share of the deals it enters into by calling on foreign manufacturers to make products locally. Boeing, Martin Corp. and others have said they will produce in India if they win contracts large enough to make investments worthwhile. expects the U. S. to decide on the T-X program in mid-2018, Cunningham said. and are vying for a $16 billion opportunity to build the U.

S. Air Force’s new training jet, with foreign sales set to provide an additional boost. Rising F-35 production and an ageing fleet of trainer aircraft drive plans to build 350 of the T-X jets.

First Published: Mon, February 05 2018. 22:49 IST