- British defence giant BAE Systems has cut down the cost of producing a Typhoon fighter jet by 20 per cent over the past five years and slowed its production rate as part of its efforts to woo potential buyers, including India.
- The firm, which was a contender to supply 126 multi-role fighters to India, is seeking to win export customers as it closes in on providing the 160 jets ordered by UK’s Ministry of Defence.
- India is almost certain to buy French company Dassault’s Rafale fighter, but BAE and its partners are campaigning to win new customers in the Gulf including Kuwait and for Saudi Arabia.
- A swing role jet is able to switch while in flight from being a strike aircraft attacking targets on the ground with bombs and missiles to a fighter capable of taking on other jets.
- The Typhoon was in competition to secure an order from the Indian Air Force seeking to upgrade its outdated Russian MiGs with modern Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA).