World’s largest combat jet deal under way as India starts process
India moved a step closer to inviting bids for the purchase of 114 fighter jets, currently the world’s largest deal in play, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to boost the capability of the country’s armed forces and replace an aging combat aircraft fleet.
The deal -- valued at more than $15 billion -- has attracted initial offers from global defense majors, including Boeing Co., Lockheed Martin Corp. and Sweden’s Saab AB. At least 85% of production has to be in India, according to an initial document issued more than a year back.
Modernizing the country’s defence forces is critical for Modi, who hardly signed any new major arms deals during his first term, even as twin threats from neighboring China and Pakistan loomed. A Pakistani F-16 jet downed an aging Soviet-era MiG 21 -- Indian Air Force’s mainstay -- in a dogfight during a military confrontation earlier this year.
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Shanky Parkar • 23 hours ago
stick to Rafale... don''t waste time in evaluations.. and strictly no to US aircraft
R• 16 hours ago
The US is ridiculous. Trying to dump outdated technology on India. India needs 5th generation technology comparable to China. The US will take money and yet make unreasonable demands and also make propaganda how they are helping India, creating a impression its given free.
Kartik• 17 hours ago
Rahul is missing out on the commission
Vande Matram• Earth • 12 hours ago
someone will get the commission. money needed for elections.
singh james• 16 hours ago
you mean BJP is taking commission
Abid Ali • 17 hours ago
Go for it ...but be transparent
Dinesh Kumar Gupta• Goa • 17 hours ago
85%of the production in India is a great step towards technology acquisition and self reliance. Namo did well indeed!
G • 17 hours ago
India is at a opportune moment of getting technology for future, albiet the high price. When a product is made in India, technology do leak and trickle down to host country.
Tukaram • 15 hours ago
Our strength is measured in terms of our strength in defence capability. Modi is building the strength which was fallen to the abysmal low during Dr. Man Mohan Singh, Anthony and Sonia era. India and Indians suffered grave economic poverty and deprivation during Congress rule, seen never before.
Truth Hurts• 13 hours ago
A thousand jet fighters against enemy''s nuclear weapons, good decision, PM ji ha ha ha ha ha.
Vijay • 17 hours ago
Please include Rahul Gandhi also in negotiations as he will cry foul afterwards.
Truth Truth• 5 hours ago
hi...IF Raga will be included he will setting for his commission...take care
Tiger • New Delhi • 16 hours ago
Indian Defence Forces deserve the best, Jai Hind
edward wilson-smythe • 17 hours ago
$15bn... now the fake Gandhi family will start complaining as they are missing out on $2.25bn in Commissions.
Ashok • NEW DELHI • 17 hours ago
Oblige big powers is part of Modis foreign policy.
ronnie alberts• 16 hours ago
Only big powers make advanced fighter aircrafts. Going by your view we should buy planes from pakistan (which is not a big power) who assembles chinese copycat planes.
Bharatwasi • MERA apna BHARAT • 16 hours ago
Joker Pappu is missing.....
Smoking • Land of Cannabis Indica • 16 hours ago
Better avoid US jets.. They come with lots of terms and conditions.
Gripen is good..
Wonder why India is not going for Russian SU 35s or even for more Rafale's.
Regular Guy• 12 hours ago
India is looking tech transfer.
Desh Premi • 12 hours ago
Think of future. Invest in R and D. 15 billion if you were capable of indigenous technology could have produced 2000 Rafales. Invest in r n d
Haresh Patel • 11 hours ago
Modi governent requirement is that 85% should be manufactured in India. This will provide oppurtunity to learn and come up better planes in the future.
Bala Srinivasan • saginaw USA • 15 hours ago
INDIA needs to consider 5th gen stealth to counter chinese.Russian sukhoi should be looked in too along with saab''s GRIPEN.INDIAN INTEREST need to be upper most not others''.
Bijay • Noida • 15 hours ago
Dassault is always reliable be it jaguar or mirage or Rafael.
Pranay • India • 16 hours ago
Congress will oppose this deal tooth and nail...
Just wait and watch.