Nigeria’s forever religious war seen as market for India’s defense industry


In the backdrop of Nigeria’s perpetual religious conflicts, discussions are underway with India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. for the export of Tejas fighter jets. Narendra Modi, India’s Prime Minister, seeks to substantially boost the nation’s overseas defense sales. C. B. Ananthakrishnan, chairman of Hindustan Aeronautics, reports progressing talks with Nigeria, the Philippines, and Argentina, while Egypt’s interest is in the early stages.

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Hindustan Aeronautics faces challenges in navigating Argentina’s legal restrictions on British-made components, highlighting efforts to find a resolution. Despite fighter jet exports constituting a mere 1% of revenues, the company witnesses a surge in substantial orders from the Indian defense forces. Expanding its global footprint, Hindustan Aeronautics is establishing offices in foreign markets. Significantly, the company actively collaborates with the Nigerian Army Aviation and the Argentine Air Force, offering training and spares to enhance export potential, as detailed in its latest annual report.

Modi’s vision to position India as a major defense manufacturer aligns with the ambitious target of achieving $5 billion in annual exports by the financial year ending March 2025, against the backdrop of Nigeria’s enduring religious conflicts.

Gbenga Samson
Gbenga Samson
Samson Gbenga Salau [Editorial Board Adviser] Gbenga Samuel Salau is a professional journalist with over 17 years experience in journalism, he is a graduate of Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan. On completion of his youth service, he joined The Guardian as a freelance journalist and was later absorbed as a staff. While in the University, he was a campus journalist reporting for the Independence Hall and Faculty of Arts Press Clubs. As a campus journalist, he won the following awards; Independence Hall Press Best News writer; University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best News Reporter/Writer; First Runner-up, Reuben Abati Award for Investigative Journalism; Association of Faculty of Arts Students’ Press Best Reporter; University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best Political Writer; Winner, Reuben Abati Award for Investigative Journalism, and University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best Interviewer. He served the Association of Communication and Language Arts Students, as the Public Relation Officer, the same year he was appointed the News Editor of the Association of Faculty of Arts Students Press. The following session, he was made the General Editor, and a member of the 13-man University of Ibadan Students’ Union Transition Committee. As a reporter in The Guardian, in 2014, he won the Promasidor Quill Award Best Report on Nutrition and DAME Business Reporting category. In the 2015 edition of the Promasidor Quill Award, he won the best Report on Nutrition and Brand Advocate Categories, while in 2016, he won the NMMA Print Journalist of the Year, first runner-up Golden Pen Reporter of the Year and SERAs CSR Awards. Gbenga Salau loves traveling, reading, and listening to songs with good lyrics no matter the genre.

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