New Delhi: India is in the course of signing defence deals worth nearly USD 42 billion, which includes a USD 10.4-billion deal for 126 multi-role combat aircraft.

The deals are likely to make India one of the most attractive markets for both global and domestic arms industry, an industry study has concluded.

The joint study by industry body Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and audit firm KPMG has also assessed that the country has already signed defence deals worth nearly USD 25 billion in the last four years.

"The research indicates that deals worth UDS24.66 billion have been signed by the Indian defence ministry with global integrators in the past 48 months and another UDS 41.99 billion worth of deals are in the process of getting signed," the study said.

As far as future procurement is concerned, the army, the navy and the air force are evenly poised. While the army and the air force will purchase over UDS 14 billion worth of platform, weapons and systems, the navy is expected to sign deals worth UDS 13 billion.

Since 2007 the air force has acquired defence products worth USD17.46 billion, the navy USD 6.16 billion, the army USD 420 million and the Coast Guard USD 616 million, the study has assessed.

Under an assessment on the civil and military aerospace sector, India is poised to witness a growth worth USD 150 billion by 2030, according to Defence Production Secretary Raj Kumar Singh.

The defence ministry is also expected to spend about USD 100 billion in the next decade on acquisitions for its 1.3-million-strong armed forces that are currently going through a major modernisation programme.

Among the pending procurements are the 126 multi-role combat aircraft for USD 10.4-billion, 10 C-17 heavylift transport planes for an estimated USD 5.8 billion, 15 heavy-lift helicopters, 22 attack helicopters, and 197 light utility helicopters.

"It would be fair to establish that the Indian aerospace and defence industry today is an interplay of modernisation, reforms and technology, with each aspect becoming instrumental in driving the growth and stability that every stakeholder aspires to achieve," the CII-KPMG study said.