India scouts for 200 foreign combat jets, if Made-in-India

31 Oct 2016 | Written by Sneha Johny; Edited by NewsBytes Desk
Modi looks to buy 200 'Made India' jets

India's Narendra Modi government is looking to purchase hundreds of foreign combat jets, if the fighter planes are manufactured in India, partnering with a local manufacturer.

The government is eyeing close to 200 fighter jets, which may increase to 300, over the course of time.

Reports pitched the deal to be worth anything between $13 billion to $15 billion.

In context: Modi looks to buy 200 'Made India' jets

About'Make in India' initiative

'Make in India' is an initiative that the Government of India launched to help promote the many multinational companies to manufacture in India.

Effected by the country's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in late 2014, this initiative targeted higher foreign investments to the country.

This enabled India to surpass other leading nations to clock the highest amount of FDI, amounting to $63 billion, in 2015.

Make in India scripts increasing production

The Prime Minister's initiative has garnered much acclaim, with industrial production rising nearly 3% year-on-year, from a meagre 0.6% previously.
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31 Oct 2016India scouts for 200 foreign combat jets, if Made-in-India

Why did the plans crop up?

Increase operationsWhy did the plans crop up?

If the multi-billion dollar deal is clinched, it could potentially make it one of the biggest military deals for India.

The new reports highlights India's stance on increasing its operational strength, which is currently dwindling.

The latest requirement would enable creating a domestic aircraft industry and instead reduce imports.

Aviation players such as Lockheed Martin and Saab expressed keen interest in snagging the deal.

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"Exclusive F-16 production in India would make India home to the world's only F-16 production facility, a leading exporter of advanced fighter aircraft, and offer Indian industry the opportunity to become an integral part of the world's largest fighter aircraft supply chain," Lockheed Martin said.

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The Defence Ministry has fast-tracked the 'Make in India' initiative to produce 2,610 future infantry combat vehicles for the Army; the project is estimated to cost Rs.60,000 crore.

Sources said that the government would soon finalize contractors to design and build prototypes of the aircraft.

The private contenders are L&T, Mahindra, Pipavav Defence & Offshore Engineering, Tata Motors-Bharat Forge and Tata Power SED-Titagarh Wagons.