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We are entering into a security partnership with India: German envoy.

New Delhi, July 7 (ANI): European Aeronautic Defence and Space (EADS) of Germany initiated a deal with Indian Air Force (IAF) for providing 126 Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MRCA) worth over 10 billion dollars.

Briefing media persons here on Tuesday, German Ambassador to India Thomas Matussek said this deal not only heralds Germany entering into a security partnership with India on commercial note, but was also significant from a joint security exercise point of view.

"We have decided that we wanted to enter into a real security partnership with India. It's not a by-a-client relationship but security partners with four native countries with the cutting edge technology for the next 20-30 years to come. So, it goes way beyond a commercial relationship," he added.

Bernhard Gerwert, CEO of European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company, said they had a successful meeting with the IAF and he is hopeful of encouraging response from the Indian Ministry of Defence within a few weeks.

"We have official request from the Indian Air Force, from the Indian MoD (Ministry of Defence), in particular, for the so-called multi-role capabilities.

So, on the one side, to have the air to air to capabilities and on the other side, to have the air to ground capabilities and that is what the Euro fighter is fulfilling. First topic is that India is asking as well for technology transfer and I believe that they are interested as well in the new technology in the fighter business," Gerwert added.

If the IAF approves and the Defence Ministry decides to buy this highly modern and futuristic aircraft, then it would be the fifth production base for the Euro fighter along with Germany, Spain, Italy and Britain. (ANI)

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