Is India Buying 200 F-16 Fighter Jets?

Is India Buying 200 F-16 Fighter Jets?
Associated Press

India's Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar announced on Tuesday that the government is finalizing guidelines for a global bid to select a new Western single-engine fighter jet for the Indian Air Force.

Speaking at a news conference in New Delhi on January 3, the defense minister said that the guidelines for a strategic partnership model under the framework of the Defense Procurement Procedure 2016 are “in the final discussion stage” and could be approved by the end of the month, according to The Hindu.

The Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD) is slated to issue global competitive bids for 200 Western single engine fighter jets to be made in India. The strategic partnership model aims to facilitate the fast selection of domestic partners for the co-production of the new aircraft under the ‘Make in India' initiative.

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