Lockheed welcomes India's mega procurement initiative for over 100 fighter jets

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According to a statement on the defence ministry's website, at least 85% of the jets have to be made in India, giving a big push to India's "Make in India" programme. That will be followed by a process - which in the past lasted several years - of issuing a formal tender, carrying out technical and flying trials, evaluating costs, reaching a discussion and then negotiating final costs with the winning vendor.

The vendors, Boeing (F-18 Super Hornet) and Lockheed Martin (F-16) of the US, SAAB (Gripen) of Sweden, Dassault Aviation (Rafale) of France, the European Consortium (Typhoon) and Mikoyan (MiG-35) of Russian Federation will have to reply by July 6.

In an effort to bolster the dwindling fighter aircraft fleet, the Defence Ministry on Friday floated a global tender or request for information (RFI) for 110 jets.

According to the RFI, around 75% of the aircraft will be single-seat ones.

The Indian Air Force in a notice said that the procurement will have a maximum of 15 per cent aircraft in flyaway state and the remaining 85 per cent aircraft will have to be made in India by a Strategic Partner and the Indian Production Agency. IAF intends to use the aircraft as day and night -capable, all-weather, multi-role combat aircraft. The deal could be worth as much as $15 billion, Bloomberg reported, quoting an analyst.

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Currently, the IAF has 32 combat squadrons against a sanctioned strength of 39.5, which is sought to be raised to 42. India started looking for new warplanes in 2007, a contest that ended with the government selecting Dassault Aviation to supply 126 Rafale jets for $11 billion.

The request for information is open until July, the air force said.

The OEM will also be responsible for training of air crew and maintenance personnel at suitable facilities to enable quick absorption of the aircraft and its technology by the IAF and SP/IPA. The NDA Government finally scrapped the proposed deal in 2014 and opted for buying 36 Rafales off the shelf from France.

"The two aircraft have been positioned complementarily, and the purchase of the pair is an interesting proposition for policymakers from both countries", US-based think-tank Atlantic Council said in a report released in New Delhi yesterday. These 110 fighters will be in addition to the 36 Rafales.

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