Britain Prime Minister David Cameron said today that the country is ready to provide technological and engineering assistance to Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) in a bid to sell Eurofighter Typhoon fighters to India.
“The British offer of Eurofighter Typhoon to India is still on the table. It will come along with technological and engineering assistance for India to develop its own world class fighter aircraft. It will be a better deal than Rafale,” he told ‘Asian Lite’, a Manchester-based publication.
“I am looking forward to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss a heavy agenda,” he said.
European military consortium European Aeronautic Defense and Space (EADS) earlier this month had expressed that it is still ready to provide Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft to India.
“The consortium stands ready with their proposal. The governments of the four nations are supporting this proposal because they are convinced it is a good one both in terms of quality of the product and price (Rafale),” German Ambassador, Michael Steiner had also expressed interest in offering Eurofighter on April 8 in New Delhi.
Ever since Narendra Modi took a decision to buy 36 Dassault Rafale aircraft from France and scrapping the earlier $20 billion dollar MMRCA deal to replace Indian Air Force’s aging MiG-21 and MiG-27 fleets, US and European defense manufacturing companies see India as a multi-billion dollar opportunity.
India still needs to buy a new fleet of mid-range aircraft to suffice IAF’s needs.