India Is Set to Re-Compete MMRCA!

India is likely to recompete the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) program, inviting bidders to compete on the production of 90 fighter jets for the Indian Air Force at a cost of around $30 billion. The RFP will likely recompete all the types that have already been evaluated by the IAF

MMRCA – the Finale

The multi-billion dollar tender for the 126 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA), for which Rafale was shortlisted in 2012, has been withdrawn by the government, after New delhi committed to buy only 36 of the aircraft in April this year. India planned to buy 126 jet fighters for the replacement of its aging MiG-27, MiG-27 and Jaguar fighter jets. According to the plans, 108 of the aircraft would be produced in India and 18 to be imported. The procurement of 36 Rafales, to be built in France will meet only a small part of gap the Indian Air Force has in its fighter jet fleet

India to get 36 French Rafale jets for $7.5 billion

India is doubling the number of Rafale jet fighters it intends to buy from France, increasing the quantity of aircraft built in France from 18 to 36. Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and French president Francois Hollande have reached the agreement during their summit meeting today in Paris. The procurement will be part of a government-to-government (G2G) deal worth $7.5 billion.

Ditching Rafale? – a high risk alternative for IAF modernization

What seems to be the final stage of negotiation between India and France over the procurement of 126 Rafale fighter jets is turning into a circus, where New Delhi is walking on a tightrope, between approving the deal with dramatic cost increase (compared to the original budget) or ditching the plan, risking further delays in the IAF modernization.

Dassault, HAL likely to become joint primes for MMRCA

Dassault Aviation and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will be ‘joint prime contractors’ to manufacture 118 Rafale fighters in India clearing the way as to who will assume responsibility for timely delivery and quality of the aircraft. The decision was described by Dassault chief executive Eric Trappier as a ‘new development’, implying that it may have been arrived at during the last few days or weeks.

India mulls switching from Rafale to Su30MKIs

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar sends a clear message to France - the locally built Sukhoi-30MKI fighters are adequate for the IAF requirement in case New Delhi decided not to procure Rafale

India, France put MMRCA ‘on the fast track’

India and France agreed to accelerate contract negotiations towards concluding the acquisition of 126 French Rafale fighters for the multi-billion MMRCA program

Rafale Deliveries Could Begin in 2016-2017

Paris, Le Bourget: On the occasion of the Paris Air Show, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd Chairman, Dr RK Tyagi and Dassault Aviation chairman, Eric Trappier...

IAF Chief: Rafale Contract Should Be Signed This Year

By April or May the MMRCA contract negotiations should move to the next stage, including a crucial review by the ministry of finance. "If all goes well by the middle of the year we will be in a position to sign the contract" Indian Air Force Air Chief Marshal Norman Browne said

Indian Selection of Future Targeting Pod in 2013

India has floated a tender for the delivery of more than 100 advanced targeting pods for its strike fighters, Two systems are under consideration – the French Damocles pod and the Israeli Litening.

Despite French Pressure, HAL Remains India’s Lead Integrator for the Rafale

MOD firmly supports HAL's position as India's military aircraft manufacturer, despite increasing pressure mounted to expedite Rafale (MMRCA) fighter planes

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New Delhi: MMRCA Contract to Finalize ‘Within a Month’

Following months of negotiations, the Indian Ministry of Defense is set to sign a US$11 billion contract with French aviation company Dassault within a month

France Selected as the Lowest Bidder for the Indian MMRCA Program

The French Dassault Rafale omnirole fighter was selected as lowest bidder in the Indian Medium Multi-Role Combat fighter Aircraft (MMRCA) and is expected to be announced as the Indian Air Force preferred choice for the program.