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Boeing joins hands with HAL, Mahindra for 'Make in India' Super Hornet fighter jet

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Eyeing the mega IAF contract for 110 fighter jets, today announced a partnership with PSU (HAL) and (MDS) for the Super Hornet in

The US said the partnership will also work for joint development of future technologies in India, saying it will transform India's and defence ecosystem.

The Super Hornet 'Make in India' proposal is to build an entirely new and state-of-the-art production facility that can be utilized for other programme like India's Advanced Medium Combat (AMCA) programme, the company said in a statement.

"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 company, Boeing, to accelerate a contemporary 21st century ecosystem for & defence in India, said Pratyush Kumar, the of

The announcement was made on the second day of the Defence Expo here.

is among the leading military producers like Lockheed Martin, Saab, and Russian Corporation MiG that are likely to vie for the deal to supply 110 fighter jets to the IAF in one of the biggest such procurement in recent years globally which could be worth over USD 15 billion.

An RFI (Request for Information) or initial tender for the mega deal was issued by the (IAF) on April 6 with officials saying that the procurement would be in sync with the government's 'Make in India' initiative in the defence sector.

manufacturers have to send their proposals by July 6. Officials had said the jets will be produced jointly by a foreign maker along with an Indian company under the recently-launched strategic partnership model which aims to bring in high-end to

Noting that HAL has always been at the forefront of development in India, its T Suvarna Raju today said the partnership will create an opportunity to strengthen indigenous platforms in thereby contributing to the Make-in-activities.

According to the company, the programs under progress at HAL include production of SU-30 MKI, Hawk-AJT, Light Combat (LCA), Dhruv-ALH and Cheetah/Chetak helicopters

said the partnership will for production of an affordable, combat-proven fighter platform for India, while adding it will result growth momentum to the Indian ecosystem with manufacturing, skill development, innovation and engineering and job creation.

As the most advanced and least expensive per flight hour of its kind, the Super Hornet will deliver on India's need for a carrier and land based multi-role fighter, the company said, it said.

"The Super Hornet does not only have a low acquisition cost, but it costs less per flight hour to operate than any other tactical in U.S. forces inventory. And with a plan for constant innovation, the Super Hornet will outpace threats, bolster defence capabilities and make stronger for decades to come," it said.

The Super Hornet has a long life ahead, with the US Navy making significant investments in the latest evolution, the Block III, noted.

Kumar said that partnership with HAL and Mahindra will enable to optimize the full potential of the country's public and private sector to deliver next-generation fighter capabilities.

Future production with Indian partners will involve maximizing indigenous content and producing the in for its armed forces to create a 21st century ecosystem, the statement from said

The plan addresses the infrastructure, personnel training, and and techniques required to produce a next gen fighter right here in In addition, will work closely with industry to ensure they have the very latest technologies, applying lessons learned from the current Super Hornet production line, it said

is the world's largest company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners, defence, space and security systems, and service provider of aftermarket support.

We are excited about the opportunities that this partnership with and HAL will provide for us to contribute further to Make in India' for defence, said S P Shukla, Group President, & Defence, Mahindra Group, and Chairman,

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 22:10 IST