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Gaping holes in MMRCA elimination decision

The process leading up to the decision by the Indian Ministry of Defense to issue invitations to eliminate four of the six companies in the contest to win the Indian Air Force tender for 126 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) has large holes in its standard of diligence.

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MMRCA vendors to resubmit offset plans by next week

Less than a month before the expiry of the commercial bids for the Indian Air Force (IAF) order for 126 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA), the Ministry of Defense has asked the six vendors to resubmit their proposals for technical offsets within ten days.

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Blog: How to win the MMRCA

Let’s speculate about the Indian Air Force USD 10 billion tender for 126 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) and draw some conclusions, for fun.

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Blog: The flight in the Falcon

This is the blog I wrote for the Wall Street Journal after the ride in the Lockheed Martin F-16 at Aero India.

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US eyes sale of fighter jets, high tech items to India

“That export control announcement has really opened the door for increased high-technology trade and cooperation between the United States and India” US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke told reporters here Thursday.

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How many engines for the MMRCA?

If the Indian Air Force has to choose, should it assume a single-engine aircraft to be cheaper or a twin-engine aircraft to be more reliable, to decide their choice for the 126 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft contest?

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Indian fighter deal vendors to revise prices

The Ministry of Defense has asked the vendors for the IAF’s MMRCA tender to either renew their existing commercial bids or submit fresh bids altogether, as the original bids are to expire on Wednesday.

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Brazilian U-Turn: Relief and Confusion for Rivals

The news of the reprieve is greeted with honest bewilderment. “We don’t know what’s happening,” said one official from the Swedish vendor, a rival to Dassault’s Rafale of France for the Brazilian order. Indications are also being drawn from the absence of the Brazilian Air Force chief at the announcement of the deal.

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IAF’s MMRCA trials to begin next week

StratPost has been reliably informed that the trials for the 126 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) are slated to begin in the last week of July or the first week of August. Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet is to be the first aircraft that will be tried out for the estimated $ 10 billion order.

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Gripen takes a hit in MMRCA race after US bullying: Report

The Jerusalem Post has reported that under US pressure the Israeli Defense Ministry has ordered the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to withdraw from a project to jointly develop the Gripen IN with Gripen’s parent company Saab. The Gripen IN is the aircraft Saab has been proposing to offer the Indian Air Force.

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