India had last month signed a contract for 15 Chinook and 22 Apache helicopters. "Large sections of the Chinook fuselage are already manufactured in India and discussions are ongoing with our Indian partners to make Apache parts," Boeing India President Pratyush Kumar had then said. At a seminar organised here by Boeing, McNerney hoped that India will over the next couple of years call for bids for a fighter aircraft. "Our approach is going to be to take a current, state-of-the-art fighter and bid. The quantities are uncertain...Our bid will include a proposal to make the plane here," he said. "The value to India is a very modern production system integrated to make a very sophisticated machine. That kind of industrial base capability is as important as the fighter itself. These modern manufacturing techniques can go into many different industries," he said.
Several foreign aircraft manufacturers have offered to build their fighter planes in India after the government scrapped the global tender for 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA). While India is in talks with France for a formal agreement for off-the-shelf purchase of 36 Rafale jets (two squadrons), Indian Air Force wants at least six more MMRCA-type squadrons. The Boeing chairman also said that on the defence side, the Indian and US governments have to decide the issue of technology sharing. "Leaving that aside, and generally speaking, the more cutting edge the technology, then less the sharing will be," he said even as he voiced support for 'Make In India'. McNerney, however, said, "Make in India is not just someone handing you a blueprint and you make it.
He had said at least 50 per cent of these would be direct export. Apache is a multi-role attack helicopter. AH-64E Apache, the most modern variant also flown by the US Army, features enhanced performance, joint digital operability, improved survivability and cognitive decision aiding. CH-47F Chinook is an advanced multi-mission helicopter operated by the US Army and 18 other defence forces.