In early September, an alliance was announced between the Swedish company Saab AB and the Indian holding company Adani Group, which is to tender for the purchase of a single-engine fighter by the Indian Air Force. The Indian Air Force program provides for the acquisition of 120 fighters, reports bmpd with reference to the edition of "Intelligence online".
Saab is looking to surprise the Indian government with the help of its new partner - the Adani Group was founded in 1988 by Gautam Adani in the state of Gujarat, where the current Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is from. Companies from this state received preferences after Modi came to power, and in the first place - defense enterprises.
As part of the tender, the competitor to the Saab company with the Gripen NG fighter is Lockheed Martin, which offers the F-16 Block 70 fighter to an Indian customer.
“Indian pilots once dreamed of the F-35 Lightinig II fighter, but this hope was quickly dispelled by Washington. Lockheed Martin competes in the Indian competition with his longstanding local partner, the Tata Group, ”the material says.
Request to Russian firms to participate in the tender was not sent. "After Modi came to power, relations between the two countries are increasingly cooled due to the rapprochement between Russia and China and Pakistan," the author notes.
The struggle continues between Saab and Lockheed Martin for the Indian contract
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