For the first time in history however, the US is offering India one of its premier strike aircraft. Actually it is offering more than that. The whole gamut of the offers represents a radical shift in the US policy towards India.
“Its goal is to help India become a major world power in the 21st century … We understand fully the implications, including military implications, of that statement.”
Senior US official commenting on the 2005 agreement between the US and India
Chris Chadwik, Boeing Vice President and General Manager, Global Strike Systems
"Should the deal come through, India will be the first country outside the U.S. where the F-18 is produced."