Aerospace major Boeing on Thursday announced a partnership with Mahindra Defence Systems (MDS) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)  to manufacture its carrier and land-based F/A-18 Super Hornet multi-role fighter aircraft in India.

The future production with Indian partners will involve maximising indigenous content and produce the F/A-18 in India for its armed forces, the firm said.

According to  Pratyush Kumar, President, Boeing India, Boeing is excited to team up with India’s only company that manufactures combat fighters, HAL, and India’s only company that manufactures small commercial aeroplanes, Mahindra.

Kumar also said that this partnership brings the best of Indian public and private enterprises together in partnership with the world’s largest aerospace company, Boeing, to accelerate a contemporary21st-century ecosystem for aerospace and defence manufacturing in India.