New Delhi: To complete a single engine fighter jet, this Friday, Swedish defence major SAAB announced a collaboration with India’s Adani Group to manufacture their fighter jets in India. Hakan Buskhe, the president and CEO of SAAB said, “Our plan together is to create a defence ecosystem in India… Building new fighters is very similar to doing high technology projects in the energy sector”. Gautam Adani, chairman of Adani Group said the partnership would be in “aerospace and defence including the Gripen”.
The IAF has planned to get 100-plus fighter aircraft, estimated to be worth more than Rs 60,000 crore. Gautam Adani said, “In continuation of our vision of nation building, we are keen to play an instrumental role in helping transform India into a destination for world class high-tech defence manufacturing”.
He also said, “We are proud of our enduring relationship with SAAB and look forward to partnering in major projects such as Gripen. Our various collaborations in aerospace and defence sectors will help establish new production lines in India, generate employment and build sustainable skills”.
There Hakan Buskhe Buskhe said, “Our plans in India are to create a new defence eco-system that would involve many partners, vendors and suppliers. To achieve this, we need a strong Indian partner who can help create the framework for the infrastructure and eco-system to come into place”.