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U.S. arms companies remain keen to sell missiles to India


16:14, November 11, 2011

NEW DELHI, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- The United States arms companies remain keen to sell products for the fourth-generation fighter aircraft with missiles and other technology to India, although the Boeing lost the competition for the Indian Air Force Medium Multirole Combat Aircraft this year to European companies, reported local daily The Hindu on Friday.

Despite the loss of Boeing F18 Super Hornet and F16 Super Viper, American defense contractor Raytheon remains hopeful on the missiles the company thinks would go well with the aircraft the government of India has picked up, said the report.

At least two American missiles -- all-weather Paveway and Advanced Multirole Air-to-Air Missile (AAMRAAM) -- have been tested by the Indian Air Force, while Raytheon has agreed to respond to Indian request for High Speed Expendable Aerial Targeting offering the MALD, or Miniature Air Launched Decoy, said the report.

The company has developed the missile that can be fitted onto the C130J special forces transport aircraft that the Indian Air Force acquired recently from the United States.

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