Indian defence establishment is showing keen interest in US offer to supply F/A-18 ‘Super Hornet’ fighters to IAF under ‘Make in India’ programme.
According to a ‘The Times of India’ report, India is also actively eyeing possibility of going in for the F/A-18 fighters manufactured by Boeing.
US officials as also Boeing and F-16 manufacturer Lockheed Martin have made presentations to Indian establishment on the suitability of establishing an US fighter production line in India.
"Both offers (Boeing and Lockheed Martin) are attractive for the Make in India strategy. No final decision has been taken," the paper quoted a source as saying.
But India may go for the twin-engine F/A-18s over the single-engine F-16s.
Boeing is offering "a new-generation production line" to be set up in country.
Navy could also consider F/A-18s in years ahead since multi-role fighters are capable of operating from aircraft carriers.
Of course, India, is unhappy with recent move by US to sell another eight F-16s to Pakistan for $699 million on ground of counter-terrorism, which will now also be followed by nine AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters.