New Delhi, Jan 28: Boeing has received a licence from the US government to offer its F-15EX fighter jet to the Indian Air Force (IAF), a senior executive said on Thursday.
Boeing will compete with Sweden's Gripen and France's Rafale among others for the Indian Air Force's plan to buy 114 multi-role aircraft to replace its Soviet-era fleet.
Ankur Kanaglekar, director, India Fighters Lead, Boeing Defense, Space & Security, told reporters that discussions on the F-15EX had taken place earlier between the two governments.
"Now that we have the marketing licence it allows us to talk to the Indian Air Force directly about the capability of the fighter. We have started doing that in a small way," he said, adding conversations were expected to gather pace during the Aero India show next week.
India and the United States have built close defence ties, with the Indian military buying over $20 billion worth of weapons in the last 15 years.
Lockheed Martin is also pitching its F-21 fighter to the IAF, offering to build the plane in the country to win the deal estimated to be worth more than $18 billion.