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US Firms Lobby India re: Offsets on Fighter Deal

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F/A-18E, Parked(click to view full) Flight International reports that US manufacturers are trying to persuade the Indian government to ease proposed new offset requirements that would make it difficult for them to compete in India’s lightweight fighter selection. These rules would have a substantial effect on the competition if applied. India is planning to hand shortlisted manufacturers a highly anticipated tender for at least 126 new fighters next month. Despite the restrictions created by its foreign procurement rules, the competitive field may even be about to expand again… Mirage 2000(click to view full) The new guidelines will require direct offsets worth 30% for any defense contract over $70 million, in addition to co-production. Flight International also reports via industry sources that technology transfers worth 90% of imports may also become a requirement. The US government is preparing to respond with pricing for the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and Lockheed Martin F-16 Falcon Block 70, adding those bids addition to previous shortlist contenders which include the Dassault Mirage 2000-5, Russia’s MiG-29 OVT/ MiG-35, and Saab JAS-39 Gripen. Flight International’s sources are also telling it that efforts by the French and UK governments to persuade India to add the 4th generation Dassault […]

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