Feb 13, 2012 defenseworld.net
The Indian MoD and Dassault are scheduled to begin commercial talks to freeze the aircraft architecture next week following the Rafale fighter's win of the MMRCA contract. Defenseworld.net had earlier reported that the next step following Rafale's selection as the lowest bidder would be defining the aircraft architecture.
Informed sources told Defenseworld.net that a high level team would arrive from France and interact with the Indian MoD's Contract Negotiations Committee (CNC) on defining what the aircraft composition would be like and freezing the price. This process effectively rules out any further discussions with the losing finalist, Eurofighter. B.A.E. Systems, part of the Eurofighter Consortium has claimed that the contract is yet to the signed and that it would pursue its case with the Indian government on getting the deal.
Meanwhile, it is learnt that the Eurofighter Typhoon lost because had a "substantially higher cost" of acquiring and operating the fighter that had let to its termination from the contract, The Times of India reported last week.
"The French Rafale jet, the eventual winner, beat the Typhoon hollow both in terms of life cycle costs and direct acquisition costs. The entire MMRCA project cost would have gone up by around Rs 25,000 crore (US$5 billion) if Typhoon had been selected over Rafale", the newspaper quoted a defence ministry source as saying.