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India Opens $15 Billion Fighter Contest

9 April 2018
Bloomberg News reported that India announced Friday it would accept proposals from industry to provide 110 single- and twin-seat fighters that would “be mostly manufactured locally” in the world’s “biggest such order currently.” The order could be worth as much as $15 billion, and will require manufacturers to produce at least 85 percent of the jets in India, with deliveries to begin three years after contract finalization. Proposals are due July 6. As the country phases out its MiG aircraft, India’s air force and navy eventually may “require as many as 400 single- and double-engine combat aircraft, according to the government.” According to those familiar with the competition, India revised its specifications to allow suppliers such as The Boeing Company and United Aircraft to pitch their twin-engine fighters. (Image: Boeing EA-18G Growler. By Senior Airman John Linzmeier – DVIDS.net, Public Domain)
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