India’s requirement of 200 combat aircraft might very well include both single engine and twin engine fighter jets that are to be made in India.
“India will need another line of single engine fighter jet and this will be done under the Defense Ministry’s Strategic Partnership (SP) model which is to be finalized by the end of this month,” Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar was quoted as saying at a press briefing in New Delhi by Economic Times Tuesday.
As per the SP model, the government will select private Indian firms for the manufacture of military equipment for a specified period. The foreign partner selection will depend on the Transfer of Technology and the financial proposal of the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). A Government-to-Government deal will be signed after the selection of the aircraft.
“The SP model is in the final stage and is likely to be concluded this month. A meeting will be held next week to finalise it. The model would have been finalised in December but has been delayed by a month due to the year end,” Parrikar said.
The Indian company for the single engine fighter jet will be identified through the Aatre committee model. And the western partner for the new fighter line will depend on the Transfer of Technology (ToT) and the financial proposal of the Original Equipment Manufacturer. Competitive process will be followed to select the western fighter to be made in India. The government to government deal will be inked after selection of the aircraft, Parrikar added.
Competitive process will be followed to select the western fighter to be made in India. The government to government deal will be inked after selection of the aircraft.
Parrikar also made it clear that a competition for twin engine made in India fighters will also be considered, but not this year.