Co-production of US fighter jets in India on the table

Co-production of US fighter jets in India on the table

Co-production of US fighter jets in India on the table

 A proposal to manufacture US fighter jets on Indian soil is on the agenda of bilateral talks between US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter and Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar.

“Members of my team and industry are looking at the potential co-production of fighter aircraft,” Carter said at a discussion at the Council on Foreign Relations, New York, giving a clear hint prior to his departure.

His public comments come days after US aviation majors Boeing and Lockheed Martin gave a presentation to the Defence Ministry top brass about their proposal on producing fighter jets in India under the Make in India programme, though several officials in the defence ministry and Indian Air Force remained sceptical about the US move.

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