Rafale and Typhoon Go Head to Head in India

 - May 2, 2011, 5:00 AM
The Dassault Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon are the remaining two contenders for the medium multi-role combat aircraft that the Indian Ministry of Defence is seeking.

The Indian Ministry of Defence on Wednesday, April 27, asked Dassault Aviation and Eurofighter to extend their commercial bids beyond the April 28 deadline for the 126-aircraft medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) requirement.

In effect, this signifies a down-selection of the two Dassault Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon for the deal, with the bids of the Boeing F/A-18, Lockheed Martin F-16, UAC MiG-35 and Saab Gripen NG being allowed to lapse.

The decision follows an exhaustive technical evaluation of the six types, and examination of the commercial and offset proposals. A final decision could come in September.

India expects to acquire its first 18 MMRCAs directly from the manufacturer, but with subsequent production shifting iteratively to India’s HAL company.