Twenty years ago, it would have been unimaginable. Boeing proposes to build F/A-18E/F Super Hornets in India not only with the government’s Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) but also with a private company, Mahindra Defense Systems. Although Indian private industry still fills less than 5% of the defense ministry’s orders, the government wants that to rise to 20-25% in the next 3-4 years. Such a fast increase may not be possible, given India’s long history of prevarication ...

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