BAE Systems targets £6bn India fighter deal

Daily Mail, UK

BAE Systems has offered to sell the Indian navy supersonic Typhoon jets capable of landing on aircraft carriers.India is building two new carriers and is looking for dual-capability fighters that can be based both on land and at sea.The British company is in fierce competition with firms in France, which is not involved in the Typhoon consortium of which BAE is part, to sell India 126 land-based aircraft for £6.1billion. As an incentive, BAE has given India designs that show the Typhoon can be an effective carrier plane too.

The irony is that Britain no longer has aircraft carriers. It will be at least ten years before new British carriers are built, which will carry US-made Joint Strike Fighters (JSF). The cost of each JSF is expected to rise to more than £100 million, much higher than the £60 million Typhoon.

The advantage of the deal with New Delhi would be that the detailed design work needed to convert the Typhoon for carriers would be borne by the Indians.

There is concern in Whitehall at the rising cost of the JSF. Some see a ‘navalised’ Typhoon as a cheaper British alternative.An MoD spokesman said: ‘We considered a marinised Typhoon solution, but it was rejected in favour of the JSF.

‘The Strategic Defence and Security Review confirmed the capabilities offered by JSF were the most appropriate and costeffective solution to meet the UK’s carrier strike capability.’

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