We are entering into a security partnership with India: German envoy

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New Delhi, July 7 (ANI): The European Aeronautic Defence and Space (EADS) has initiated a deal with Indian Air Force (IAF) for providing 126 Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MRCA) worth over 10 billion dollars.

Briefing media persons here on Tuesday, German Ambassador to India Thomas Matussek said this deal not only heralds Germany entering into a security partnership with India on commercial note, but was also significant from a joint security exercise point of view.

"We have decided that we wanted to enter into a real security partnership with India. It's not a by-a-client relationship but security partners with four native countries with the cutting edge technology for the next 20-30 years to come. So, it goes way beyond a commercial relationship," he added.

Bernhard Gerwert, CEO of Military Air Systems, EADS (Defense and Security), said they had a successful meeting with the IAF and he is hopeful of encouraging response from the Indian Ministry of Defence within a few weeks.

"We have official request from the Indian Air Force, from the Indian MoD (Ministry of Defence), in particular, for so-called multi-role capabilities. Eurofighter is a true multi role fighter aircraft. This means that the pilot can switch between air-to-air and air-to-ground combat roles at the push of a button, in-flight without having to return to the base. As part of our response to the RFP, we have submitted a comprehensive ToT and offset proposal which would act as a catalyst in the development of an independent, world class defense and aerospace industry in India," Gerwert added.

If the IAF approves and the Defence Ministry decides to buy this highly modern and futuristic aircraft, then it would be the fifth production base for the Euro fighter along with Germany, Spain, Italy and Britain. (ANI)

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