Dassault Aviation has confirmed that it would compete in India''s tender for
126 medium range multi role combat aircraft (MRCA), confirming earlier media reports
that the French aerospace giant would put up the Rafale fighter as its candidate.
will respond to the request for proposals," a Dassault spokesman said.
the Rafale is the only combat aircraft in production with Dassault, as earlier
it had shut down the production lines for the Mirage 2000 after the delivery of
the last orders to Greece.
reasons that are not clear Dassault had hesitated before committing itself to
the MRCA competition and according to some reports had sought guidance from the
French government on the issue.
had earlier withdrawn from an Indian competition for jet trainers over cost issues,
said Dassault chief executive Charles Edelstenne. The contract eventually went
to BAE Systems'' Hawk AJT.
has issued request for proposals (RFPs) to Boeing and Lockheed Martin along with
the Russian MiG RAC, the Swedish Saab and the four-country Eurofighter consortium.
its lifetime the total contract is estimated to be worth at least over $10 billion,
at least half of which would be reinvested locally as part of an industrial offset
programme, as required under the tender terms.