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Mahindra and Boeing team up to make F/A-18 fighters in India

Hindustan Aeronautics also in deal to supply jets to Indian military

Mahindra Defense Systems is moving into offensive weapons development through a deal with U.S. aircraft maker Boeing to produce F/A-18 Super Hornet fighters in India.(Photo by Yuji Kuronuma)

NEW DELHI -- India's Mahindra Defense Systems, or MDS, a subsidiary of automaker Mahindra & Mahindra, has signed a deal with U.S. aircraft maker Boeing to build F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets in India. Hindustan Aeronautics will also participate.

This is Mahindra's first foray into offensive weaponry. Up to now it has made noncombat defense equipment, such as armored vehicles and radar systems.

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