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Boeing to team up with India's HAL and Mahindra for fighter jet

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(Reuters) - will with India's state-run and Defence Systems for local manufacture of its Super Hornet that it is offering for a large Indian fighter acquisition programme, the U.S. company said on Thursday.

last week issued a request for information for 110 combat jets for the air force, marking the first step toward a long-delayed deal that could be worth more than $15 billion.

The planes have to be built locally as part of Narendra Modi's Make-in-drive to build a domestic industrial base.

said it stood ready to build an in along with its partners that will help India's own manufacturing programmes.

"The Super Hornet Make in proposal is to build an entirely new and state-of-the-art production facility that can be utilized for other programs like India's Advanced Medium Combat (AMCA) program," said in a statement during an Indian defence exhibition in the southern city of

and Dassault are among the manufacturers expected to compete for the order, one of the world's biggest fighter jet deals in play at the moment, industry experts say.

Lockheed, which has offered to move its production line in Fort Worth, Texas, to India, is partnering India's to build the planes. Sweden's has said it will build the planes in collaboration with the Adani Group, a

The tender will be open for makers of both single engine and twin-engined combat jets, in a widening of the field. The and Russian are also potential contenders under the new requirements.

Boeing's Super Hornet is also competing for a separate order for 57 that the is seeking.

(Reporting by Editing by Jane Merriman)

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 20:10 IST