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#Advantage: Hague appeals for India to buy British-built Eurofighter

Above: Foreign Secretary William Hague meets with Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Tuesday appealed the Indian government to consider buying the Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet as the UK fights to usurp France in supplying the Indian Air Force (IAF) in a multi-billion pound defence deal.

Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said Mr Hague had promoted the technical superiority of the Eurofighter over the French-built Rafale multi-role combat aircraft at a meeting in Delhi on Monday.

The IAF's bid to purchase 126 Rafale jets from France's Dassault Aviation has stalled due to cost overruns. 

The UK is hoping that the deal collapses paving the way for the IAF to purchase the Eurofighter, which is partly-built in Britain.

Mr Hague along with Chancellor George Osborne and British Culture Secretary Sajid Javid are among a high-profile delegation of British leaders who are visiting India looking to drum up trade between the two countries.

The British government has been encouraged by newly-elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi's development-driven agenda and are keen to attract Indian investment to Britain as well as investing in infrastructure projects in India, including a proposed 600-mile industrial corridor between Mumbai and Bangalore.

Mr Osborne said in Mumbai on Monday that MBDA - a missile systems group in which British giant BAE Systems has a stake - had signed a 250 million pound ($420 million) deal to supply defence equipment to the Indian Air Force.



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