‘India can choose local partner to build Gripen’

Swedish Air chief on tech transfer
If India chooses the Gripen fighter jet, then the choice of the private Indian company to partner with Sweden’s SAAB to build the aircraft should be the Indian Government’s and “nobody else’s”, Swedish Air Force chief Major General Mats Eric Helgesson said on Thursday. “If the Indian Government chooses the Gripen, the Indian Government should also choose what kind of counterpart when it comes to industrial cooperation,” he said in an interview to The Hindu . He is on a visit to India on the invitation of his Indian counterpart Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa. The offer of the Swedish Government, which SAAB is giving India, is based on the advantages and the strengths of the Gripen not on anything else, Major General Helgesson stated on the capability of the aircraft, 95 of which are flown by the Swedish Air Force. The Gripen is powered by American GE-414 engine, a variant of which is on the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas. Asked if the U.S. may hinder the deal in any way if the Gripen is chosen, Major General Helgesson hoped that the Americans like everybody else with agreements would stick to them.
Source :  https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/india-can-choose-local-partner-to-build-gripen/article25076061.ece

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