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India’s inability to speed up modernisation of its weaponry to guard the border with arch rivals Pakistan and China shows the Modi govt’s challenge to transform an industry plagued by red tape.
The contenders for the IAF deal include Lockheed's F-21, Boeing's F/A-18, Dassault Aviation's Rafale, Russian aircraft MiG 35 among others.
Dassault’s Rafale, Boeing’s F/A-18 and Saab’s Gripen lead the pack, while the Lockheed Martin F-16 and the Eurofighter Typhoon are trailing.
Although Pakistan has denied using F-16s in the 27 February air strikes on Indian military installations in J&K, India has evidence to prove it did.
Several Pakistan media outlets reported this week that Lockheed Martin was planning to sue India over its claims that a MiG-21 Bison of the IAF had shot down an F-16.
Looking to beat its rival to the new IAF contract for 114 fighter jets, Boeing takes to Twitter to highlight 'concerns' against Lockheed Martin's F-21.
Lockheed Martin was offering F-16s to India, but will now switch to F-21s. The fighter jet is on the drawing board, but company says it’s not a ‘paper aircraft’.
India wants to upgrade its rapidly aging fleet of fighter jets. But its red tape causes endless delays for both, global arms giants and the military.
The American manufacturer of fighter jets plans F-16 wing production in India without the pre-condition that India will have to also buy these jets.
Getting state-of-the-art fighters is crucial for Prime Minister Narendra Modi as India faces increased risks from neighboring Pakistan and China.
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