Indian Air Force poised to receive bids: Rafale, Typhoon or (surprise!) F-35?Posted: November 2, 2011
“”Negotiations with the firms will start after opening the bids on November 4,” Air Marshal D. Kukreja said. “Whatever is beneficial to the country, we will choose.” India in April pulled a surprise by cutting out U.S. bidders Boeing and Lockheed Martin, much to Washington’s disappointment, as well as dropping Sweden’s Saab AB and the Russian makers of the MiG 35 from the race. Lockheed still are hoping for a reversed decision. “The final outcome will not be known immediately except perhaps an indication of whom we may prefer,” retired Gen. Afsir Karim, an expert on Indian arms procurement, said Nov. 3.
“A price negotiation committee will finally determine the winner,” he said.
Dassault’s Rafale plane and the Eurofighter Typhoon have both been in action over Libya in recent months during the international operation to enforce a no-fly zone and protect civilians from Moammar Gadhafi’s forces.””
But the US government apparently still hopes the Indians will pick option C: the Lockheed Martin F-35.
Months ago, I wrote a piece on Hilary Clinton’s Pitch to India back at the beginning of the year. More to follow…
- Clinton’s ‘Unbelievable’ Pitch to India (aerofutures.wordpress.com)