The United States today hoped India will pick one of the two American aircraft in the multi-billion dollar combat aircraft deal, saying it will be an “important indicator” of where the strategic relations between the two sides go in future.
“Hopefully the next step will be as India evaluates in the Medium-Multi Role Combat aircraft deal… that they will decide to pick one of the US aircraft the F-16 Super Viper ( Lockheed Martin )) or the F/A-18 ( Boeing )),” US Ambassador to India Timothy J Roemer said.
“This becomes the very logical next step in the relationship. This will be a very important indicator of where this relationship goes in the 21st century,” the US Ambassador said while addressing a conference here on ‘America and Asia-Perspectives on Peace, Security and Development’. Russian MiG-35, French Dassault Rafale, European Eurofighter Typhoon and Swedish Gripen are in the fray for the USD 11 billion deal.