DefExpo 2018: Boeing signs deal with HAL, Mahindra to make fighter jet

Published - April 12, 2018 11:36 pm IST - CHENNAI

Boeing India has signed an agreement with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), and Mahindra Defence Systems (MDS) at the Defence Expo 2018 here to manufacture Super Hornet fighter aircraft in India. The companies will manufacture F/A-18 Super Hornet for India’s armed forces. The memorandum for the ‘Make in India’ fighter jets was signed by Boeing India president Pratyush Kumar, HAL Chairman and MD T. Suvarna Raju, and MDS chairman S.P. Shukla.

The Super Hornet Make-in-India proposal is to build an entirely new and state-of-the-art production facility that can be utilised for other programmes like India’s Advance Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) programme, a press release said.

The F/A- 18 Super Hornet will deliver on India’s need for a carrier- and land- based multi-role fighter and the agreement will address the infrastructure personnel training, and the operational tools and techniques required to produce a next-gen fighter aircraft in India, the release added.

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