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Boeing Gets US Approval to Offer F-15EX to India | India News


NEW DELHI: Boeing has received a license from the United States government to offer its F-15EX fighter jet to the Indian air force, a senior executive said Thursday.
Boeing will compete with Sweden’s Gripen and France’s Rafale, among others, over the Indian air force’s plan to buy 114 multi-role jets to replace its Soviet-era fleet.
Ankur Kanaglekar, Director, India Fighters Lead, Boeing Defense, Space & Security, told reporters that discussions about the F-15EX had previously taken place between the two governments.
“Now that we have the marketing license, it allows us to speak directly to the Indian Air Force about the capability of the fighter. We have started to do so in a small way,” he said, adding that talks were expected to accelerate during the Aero India shows next week.
India and the United States have built close defense ties, with the Indian military purchasing more than $ 20 billion worth of weapons in the past 15 years.
Lockheed Martin is also launching its F-21 fighter to the Indian air force, offering to build the aircraft domestically to win the deal estimated at more than $ 18 billion.
Boeing is bullish on India for both its defense businesses and its commercial aviation businesses, even as the Covid-19 pandemic has hit demand for air travel, forcing airlines to sort out their finances first before ordering new ones. planes.
Boeing expects domestic passenger traffic to return to 2019 levels by the end of this year, said Salil Gupte, the company’s director in India, adding that international traffic would return to pre-Covid levels only by 2023.
One of the aircraft manufacturer’s main customers is Indian low-cost airline SpiceJet Ltd, which has a large order for its narrow-body 737 MAX aircraft.
Boeing received a green light from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on Wednesday to return its 737 MAX jets to service after a 22-month ban, and Gupte said it was working to get approvals from the Indian regulator.

Times of India