US Offers to Jointly Produce Fighter Jets with India

Talking about bilateral military ties, the American Ambassador, Richard Verma, noted that India faces a critical shortage of fighter aircraft for keeping India’s air space safe.

The US offered to produce fighter aircraft jointly with India as part of its sales pitch. It was said to promote deeper military ties.

European countries like the UK, Germany, Sweden and France, have also shown interest to join hands with India to manufacture fighter aircraft.

F-16 IN - a version proposed to Indian Air Force in the past

F-16 IN – a version proposed to Indian Air Force in the past

In the last visit, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter’s visit, both countries had established a new aircraft carrier working group to support India’s indigenous programme.

Verma stressed that US is committed to deepening its maritime security relations with India. Now, both countries are planning for 2015 Malabar joint naval exercise.

Ref: The Indian Express

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