50 years ago: U.K.â€™s bid to sell jets to India | Deccan Chronicle New Delhi: Britain is understood to have decided to make a final bid to sell India a squadron of its lightning jet fighters and a few submarines belonging to British Navy. Lord Mountbatten, who is due to visit India towards the end of this month, is expected, by informed sou-rces, to use his good offices to persuade India to buy British jets and submarines. It is no more a secret that Lord Mountbatten played a crucial role in the final decision taken by India about five years ago to acquire HMS â€œHerculesâ€ as Indian Navyâ€™s first aircraft carrier. The Three choices Indian Air Force, at present, has a choice of three fighters aircraft: British Lightning, French Mirage and Soviet MIG. All the three jets are said to belong to same category.