PM in BAE Systems Typhoon deal rescue bid

David Cameron has been fighting to save the deal

David Cameron has been fighting to save the deal

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Local government reporter

DAVID Cameron was today trying to rescue the deal for India buying East Lancashire-made Eurofighter Typhoon jets in meetings with the country's premier and president.

The Prime MInister said last night he would ask if the New Delhi authorities were ready to “reconsider” their choice of a French rival.

He stressed the substantive negotiations were for the four-nation Eurofighter consortium - which includes BAE Systems whose Salmesbury and Warton factories build the planes.

Hopes seemed dashed when French contractor Dassault Aviation was chosen last year as the preferred bidder for the £6.4 billion contract to supply 126 warplanes to the Indian air force.

They revived when French president Francois Hollande returned from a recent visit to New Delhi without a signature on a final contract.

Speaking in Mumbai, Mr Cameron said: “I think Typhoon is a superior aircraft. It has the advantage of all the partner nations behind it. We can make some aeroplanes available within months because there are so many countries already using it.

“I will obviously make clear that Typhoon is still available.”

Mr Cameron said the UK could forge one of “the great partnerships of the 21st Century” with India, as he began a three-day visit with the largest trade delegation taken overseas by a UK prime minister.

It includes BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, and Balfour Beatty a major player in the East Lancashire construction industry.

Mr Cameron said on arrival: “India’s rise is going to be one of the great phenomena of this century and it is incredibly impressive to see.”

The visit follows Khalid Saifullah, chairman of Blackburn with Darwen’s Hive network of business leaders, highlighting the links between East Lancashire’s South Asian community and the sub-continent as a major export opportunity.

Mike Damms, chief executive of the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, said: “This is a very important visit.

“If the Prime Minister could revive the Eurofighter deal that would be huge not just for BAE systems but its supply chain across East Lancashire.

“We need to do more to boost trade between India, Pakistan and Bangladesh using the links we have with our Asian heritage population.”

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3:30pm Tue 19 Feb 13

tombhoy says...

Call me an old cynic, but how about threatening to stop the £1.4 billion currently give in 'overseas development aid' by the UK to India every year?
If that proves too direct for some, how about pointing out that UK aid will pay back the cost of these aircraft in a little over 4 years?
Call me an old cynic, but how about threatening to stop the £1.4 billion currently give in 'overseas development aid' by the UK to India every year? If that proves too direct for some, how about pointing out that UK aid will pay back the cost of these aircraft in a little over 4 years? tombhoy
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5:00pm Tue 19 Feb 13

MerlinTheVoiceofReason2 says...

tombhoy wrote:
Call me an old cynic, but how about threatening to stop the £1.4 billion currently give in 'overseas development aid' by the UK to India every year?
If that proves too direct for some, how about pointing out that UK aid will pay back the cost of these aircraft in a little over 4 years?
I think your figures are somewhat skewed and, in any case, the UK will end aid to India in 2015. Giving his reaction, India's foreign minister Salman Khurshid said: "Aid is the past and trade is the future."
bbc.co.uk/news/uk-po
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[quote][p][bold]tombhoy[/bold] wrote: Call me an old cynic, but how about threatening to stop the £1.4 billion currently give in 'overseas development aid' by the UK to India every year? If that proves too direct for some, how about pointing out that UK aid will pay back the cost of these aircraft in a little over 4 years?[/p][/quote]I think your figures are somewhat skewed and, in any case, the UK will end aid to India in 2015. Giving his reaction, India's foreign minister Salman Khurshid said: "Aid is the past and trade is the future." bbc.co.uk/news/uk-po litics-20265583 MerlinTheVoiceofReason2
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5:25pm Tue 19 Feb 13

mavrick says...

Perhaps the French have a bigger slush fund.
Perhaps the French have a bigger slush fund. mavrick
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8:50pm Tue 19 Feb 13

prince of darkness says...

MerlinTheVoiceofReas
on2
wrote:
tombhoy wrote:
Call me an old cynic, but how about threatening to stop the £1.4 billion currently give in 'overseas development aid' by the UK to India every year?
If that proves too direct for some, how about pointing out that UK aid will pay back the cost of these aircraft in a little over 4 years?
I think your figures are somewhat skewed and, in any case, the UK will end aid to India in 2015. Giving his reaction, India's foreign minister Salman Khurshid said: "Aid is the past and trade is the future."
bbc.co.uk/news/uk-po

litics-20265583
When will we ever learn giving aid is a thing of the past. At least this Indian politican has said it as it is. Made rules for students studying in UK,now PM wants to brush them aside. Wake up times have changed, but we have our heads in the sand or should I say the politicians have.
[quote][p][bold]MerlinTheVoiceofReas on2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tombhoy[/bold] wrote: Call me an old cynic, but how about threatening to stop the £1.4 billion currently give in 'overseas development aid' by the UK to India every year? If that proves too direct for some, how about pointing out that UK aid will pay back the cost of these aircraft in a little over 4 years?[/p][/quote]I think your figures are somewhat skewed and, in any case, the UK will end aid to India in 2015. Giving his reaction, India's foreign minister Salman Khurshid said: "Aid is the past and trade is the future." bbc.co.uk/news/uk-po litics-20265583[/p][/quote]When will we ever learn giving aid is a thing of the past. At least this Indian politican has said it as it is. Made rules for students studying in UK,now PM wants to brush them aside. Wake up times have changed, but we have our heads in the sand or should I say the politicians have. prince of darkness
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4:56am Wed 20 Feb 13

2 for 5p says...

what a refreshing change that would be
BAE workers signing on.
Ho how the mighty Ave fallen :-))
what a refreshing change that would be BAE workers signing on. Ho how the mighty Ave fallen :-)) 2 for 5p
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