The British Sunday Telegraph has reported that the Eurofighter Typhoon is ‘winning the fight for the contract to supply 126 fighters to the Indian Air Force (IAF)’.
The report quotes an unnamed senior IAF officer as saying, “There are a number of cost and strategic considerations which still have to be looked at, but in purely technical terms, Eurofighter is ahead.”
The IAF is considering five aircraft besides the Eurofighter Typhoon to select a Medium Multi Role Fighter Aircraft (MMRCA). The other contenders are the US-built Lockheed Martin F-16 and the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, the Swedish Gripen, the French Rafale and the Russian MiG-35. The order is expected to be worth over USD 10 billion and is also expected to lead to follow on orders for more aircraft.
The IAF has completed the Technical Evaluation on the basis of flight trials of the aircraft and has submitted its report to the Ministry of Defense. After assessing the report, the ministry is expected to look at the various offset proposals offered by the vendors before proceeding to open the selected commercial bids. Under the Indian Defense Procurement Procedure (DPP), the commercial bids of only the aircraft which pass the technical evaluation will be opened for consideration and the lowest bidder will be selected as the Indian MMRCA.