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The cost of Britain's new aircraft carriers is set to rise yet again on a decision to make them compatible with a different version of a U.S. fighter jet.
The price for the new carriers will increase between $1.7 billion and more than $3 billion because of the British government's decision to make them fit for launching the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, also called Joint Strike Fighter, the BBC reports.
Built by a consortium including BAE Systems and Babcock International from Britain as well as France's Thales, the two carriers would now cost a total of $11.7 billion, the BBC says -- more than the $8.7 billion announced by London last fall and a far cry from the $6.5 billion disclosed at the contract signing in July 2008.
The Eurofighter consortium is offering India the opportunity to acquire a new version of its Typhoon for use from a future indigenous aircraft carrier, with the first firm details of the proposal having emerged at the show.
One of six contenders battling for the Indian air force's 126-aircraft medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) deal, Eurofighter is here touting the potential of a navalised development which has already been studied in detail in the UK.