New Delhi, Apr 12: World’s major aeroplane manufacturing company, Boeing announced on Thursday that it was partnering with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Mahindra Defence Systems (MDS) for manufacturing Super Hornet fighter planes in India. It said that the partnership will work for developing futuristic technology in the country, which will transform India’s aerospace ecosystem.

The company said in a statement that the proposal is to build a state-of-the-art production facility which could be utilised for programmes like India’s Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft.

“This partnership brings the best of Indian public and private enterprises together in partnership with the world’s largest aerospace company, Boeing, to accelerate a contemporary 21st-century ecosystem for aerospace and defence manufacturing in India,” said Pratyush Kumar, the president of Boeing India.

The announcement of the partnership was made at the Defence Expo on Thursday, which is being attended by fighter jet companies like
Lockheed Martin, Saab, Dassault and Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG. These players will also bid for the deal to supply 110 fighter jets to the Indian Air Force.

The IAF had invited an initial tender for the deal on April 6. The procurement would be done under the Make in India initiative.

HAL chairman T Suvarna Raju said indigenous programmes will be greatly benefitted due to the partnership, which includes programmes like the production of SU-30 MKI, Hawk-AJT, Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Dhruv-ALH and Cheetah/Chetak helicopters.

The  F/A-18 Super Hornet has many features. It is the cheapest aircraft per flight over it is its segment. It will cater to India’s requirement of a land-based multi-role fighter jet.

“The Super Hornet does not only have a low acquisition cost, but it costs less per flight hour to operate than any other tactical aircraft in US forces inventory. And with a plan for constant innovation, the F/A-18 Super Hornet will outpace threats, bolster defence capabilities and make India stronger for decades to come,” it company said.

(PTI Inputs)