Tri­par­tite agree­ment be­tween HAL-Boe­ing-Mahin­dra

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - Aviation & Defence Inindia -

The US Aerospace gi­ant com­pany Boe­ing have signed a tri­par­tite agree­ment with state-owned Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Ltd. (HAL) and pri­vate com­pany Mahin­dra De­fence Sys­tems (MDS) for the man­u­fac­ture of F/A-18 Su­per Hor­net mul­ti­role com­bat air­craft in In­dia (paint­ing above). An­nounc­ing this at the re­cently held De­fExpo 2018 in Chen­nai, Pratyush Kumar, Boe­ing In­dia Pres­i­dent, said: “Our part­ner­ship with HAL and Mahin­dra will en­able us to op­ti­mise the full po­ten­tial of In­dia’s pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor to de­liver next-gen­er­a­tion F/A-18 fighter ca­pa­bil­i­ties. To­gether we can de­liver an af­ford­able, com­bat-proven fighter plat­form for In­dia, while adding growth mo­men­tum to the In­dian aerospace ecosys­tem with man­u­fac­tur­ing, skill-de­vel­op­ment, in­no­va­tion and en­gi­neer­ing and job creation,” he added. Boe­ing will re­port­edly be re­spond­ing not only to the IAF’s re­cently is­sued RFI for 110 air­craft for the IAF but has ear­lier re­ceived the In­dian Navy’s RFI for 57 car­rier-borne fight­ers.

Boe­ing’s ob­jec­tive is not only to build the F/A-18 Su­per Hor­net in an en­tirely new and state-of-the-art pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity in In­dia but one which can be utilised for other fu­tur­is­tic pro­grammes in­clud­ing the In­dian Ad­vanced Medium Com­bat Air­craft.

T Su­varna Raju, HAL Chair­man and MD, said: “The part­ner­ship with Boe­ing and Mahin­dra De­fence Sys­tems will cre­ate an op­por­tu­nity to de­velop ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the aerospace in­dus­try and strengthen in­dige­nous plat­forms in In­dia.”

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