With no end in sight for the negotiations between the Indian MoD and Dassault over the purchase of the Rafale fighter, Rosoboronexport and Eurofighter have offered price drops to swing the deal their way.
Some official word was expected from the Indian MoD about the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) during the last meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council. This has not happened despite the Indian Air Force (IAF) sounding alarm over the depleted fighter strength and the recent grounding of the Su-30MKI fleet over ejection seat issues.
However, the lack of communication has led to speculation that both sides are not able to conclude commercial negotiations with differences hinging on price, transfer of technology and the manufacture of the aircraft in India.
The only recent word has come from the French ambassador to India Francois Richier who said, “soon, contract for medium multi role combat aircraft (MMRCA) project will be finalised”. The Ambassador made the statement on October 16 while on a visit to Shimla but did not give any timeframe.
Reports said that German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier offered 126 Eurofighter aircraft for US$ 9.8 billion, about 2 billion less than the original $12 billion price tag of the MMRCA. The minister who was visiting Delhi in early September is reported to have offered to significantly drop the price of the Eurofighter. The response of the Indian side to the offer is not known.
Subsequently reports surfaced that the Eurofighter had problems with its fuselage and flight control system. There have been no entreaties from Eurofighter since then.
Last week Russian Ambassador in New Delhi Alexander Kadakin claimed that Chinese Sukhoi Flankers will "swat the Rafale like mosquitoes”. The Ambassador claimed that the Su-30MKI in service in India and the Chinese Su-27 were both superior and cheaper than the Rafale.
Rosoboronexport, the Russian arms export agency is expecting India to order more Su-30MKIs and MiG-29s in place of the Rafale. Russian sources indicated that the modernized aircraft, equipped with the AESA radar could be offered at an attractive price should India enter into negotiations to buy them. However, it remains to be seen what impact the grounding of the Su-30MKi fleet will have on future purchases of fighters from Russia.
With over 5 years gone since the MMRCA procurement began, all the contending aircraft may become obsolete. By the time the IAF gets its hands on the plane and it might be time for a mid-life upgrade.
The $22 billion fighter aircraft deal between India and Dassault is close to being inked, Indian Air Force Chief (IAF) Arup Raha said Wednesday. Raha said a deadline for finalization of the deal had not been set but added "it`s going to happen soon"
Britain still eyeing the MMRCA fighter jet deal.Britian still believes it can override the Frances Rafale multi-billion dollar combat jet bid with Eurofighter
Indias $20 billion deal to buy Rafale fighter jets may not conclude this financial year as negotiations are still to be completed without which budgetary provision cannot be made. The Indian budget for fiscal 2014-15 is scheduled for July during which a higher allocation for defence as compared to last year could be made
Ahead of the conclusion of the financial negotiations in the MMRCA deal, Dassault has pulled out all stops in raising its sales pitch to the Indian government. Showcasing its full might, the Rafale is participating for the first time in the Garuda V exercises against the Indian Air Forces Su-30s
Dassault may have reached a deal with Indias state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited over the contract to supply 126 Rafale jets. The aircraft-makers CEO Eric Trappier today hinted that its problems regarding manufacture of the Rafale jets in India may have ended
An Indian delegation is currently in Paris to iron out differences between Indian and French positions concerning the potential sale of 126 Dassault Rafale fighters to the Indian Air Force. The Indian Secretary of Defense Radha Krishna Mathur and a senior from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) reached France on Monday for two days meeting to meet with their French counterparts
Eurofighter Typhoon will continue to play a 'key role' as a deterrent and 'policing capability' for 2015 says Alberto Gutierrez, the Chief Executive Officer of Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug. Speaking from Eurofighter's Head Offices in Munich, Germany, the CEO said: "Now, more than ever, the role that the Eurofighter is playing in protecting nations and policing behaviours across the globe is a critical capability for our customer's armed forces
India wants closure on the MMRCA deal to buy 126 Dassault Rafale fighters before Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits France and Germany in April. The deal is struck over price and performance guarantee issues which the Indian MOD claims is not in compliance with the original Request for Proposals (RFP) based on which the French company was selected as the lowest bidder
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