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.
Swedish Gripen, a US fighter and French Rafale are major contenders for the Swiss fighter aircraft but the Eurofighter has opted out without providing any reason, Swiss Defense Minister Ueli Maurer said Monday. “The situation was critical for air policing and that the purchase of new fighter aircraft will be evaluated in 2017
European military consortium EADS is still ready to provide Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft to India as an alternative to Dassault Rafale as the MMRCA deal is stuck for the past three years due to cost and guarantee clause. Ahead of Indias Prime Minister Narendra Modis visit to Germany German Ambassador, Michael Steiner on Wednesday told reporters in New Delhi that the European Aeronautic Defence and Space (EADS) was ready with its proposal to offer Eurofighter to India asserting that the jets are “good” both in terms of quality and price
The United Kingdom is ready to offer Eurofighter aircraft if India scraps deal to acquire French Rafale jets, UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Thursday. British authorities are aware that the “deal with Dassault has not gone smoothly,” Hammond was quoted as saying by Sputnik News on Thursday
Typhoon combat jet will be integrated with the Brimstone 2 missile under a £165 million makeover deal, representatives of the four-nation program announced at the IDEX defense show on Sunday. The single part of the package is the £72 million deal with BAE Systems to complete integration of MBDA's air-to-ground Brimstone 2, which has won plaudits for its ability to strike small fast-moving targets with low collateral damage during missions in Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq
Indra has closed a $103 million deal to work on developing the new radar system Captor-E for Eurofighter, the company announced Monday. Last November, on behalf of the secretaries of defense of all four member countries of the Eurofighter consortium (United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Spain), NETMA signed an agreement with representatives of the European industry to develop and integrate the most technologically advanced radar system in the world
Eurofighter seems to have grown in confidence regarding a possible sale of the Typhoon fighter aircraft to India. Eurofighter executives have been proactive in engaging Indian officials in recent weeks even as India-France talks are ongoing to wrap up the government-to-government deal for 36 Rafale aircraft
US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will be signing a 10-year Indo-US Defense framework Agreement and also fast-track the Defense Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI) under which the two nations will co-produce and develop military equipment in India, IHS Janes reported Thursday. US defense secretary Ashton Carter's two-day visit to India in early June is expected to raise the levels of bilateral strategic and defense co-operation between the two countries, IHS Jane's quoted senior Indian military officials as saying
Indian government in a move to boost defense manufacturing under the ‘Make in India initiative today, has extended the initial validity of industrial licenses to seven years from three. “Eyeing the long gestation period of defense contracts to mature, we do not want the companies requiring licenses to run around government ministries, but rather concentrate on manufacturing
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