According to a Times of India report, the #indian navy is seeking proposals to manufacture 57 jets for its Aircraft carriers. #boeing has offered to manufacture its F-18 Super Hornet in India and Boeing's vice president for defense, space and security, also confirmed this news to reporters at the Singapore Air-show that a lot of technical evaluation has yet to take place in this regard.

The F-18 forms the backbone of the Naval Air Wing of the US. Boeing’s quest to find a partner ends with HAL which has vast experience in making Airframes for the last 60 years. Boeing’s partnering with the public sector aviation giant will also help it to cut costs and make its products more competitive for export.

Airspace Sector dominated by HAL

The Indian Aerospace sector is monopolized by public sector undertakings and the private sector is inexperienced. Therefore Boeing is in talks with HAL to manufacture F-18 Super Hornet and is also bidding for the Rs 50,000-cr Navy deal for 57 fighter jets.

Lockheed Martin has also hinted that it could shift its F-16 manufacturing to India. HAL is in the last stages of Sukhoi-30MKI and is worried about its future. Boeing is much more confident of clinching the fighter jet since it is ready to shift its manufacturing facility to India and outsource different components locally.

The Super Hornet is facing stiff competition from French company Dassault’s Rafale-M fighter; Swedish company Saab’s Gripen Maritime, and the Russian MiG-29K/KUB which is already flying from the lone Aircraft Carrier of the Indian navy-INS Vikramaditya.

India is in the process of modernizing its armed forces which is still tinkering with Soviet Era weapons which form the backbone of its defense forces. Prime Minister plans to spend $250 billion for modernization of the Armed Forces.

Mother of all deals - More than 157 aircrafts to be inducted

The Indian Navy needs 57 aircrafts for its aircraft carriers whereas the Airforce is also in dire needs for replacing its aging Mig-21 frontline fighter. Both leading American manufacturers, Boeing and Lockheed –Martin are in the fray.

They are followed by Sweden’s Saab AB and Mikoyan design bureau which is already in the loop with its Mig-29 flying from India’s only Aircraft Carrier, INS Vikramaditya. Adding 57 jets for the Navy and another 100 for the Air Force, this is going to become one of the world's biggest fighter jet orders in play. #f18 hornet