April 2, 2012 irdw.org source FG
Cassidian has not given up hope of a Eurofighter win in India’s medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) contest, despite the consortium holding “L2″ vendor status behind the Dassault Rafale, says company chief executive Stefan Zoller.
“India is a campaign that is still running,” Zoller says, pointing to an investigation into the nation’s selection process being conducted by the government in New Delhi.
Speaking during a financial briefing at the company’s Unterschleissheim headquarters near Munich on 2 April, Zoller said: “We will see to what conclusion the Indian government will come.”
A consequence of India having awarded L1 status to Dassault has been what Zoller describes as “more advanced discussions with our Eurofighter customers on how much faster we can integrate the additional capacity of the aircraft”. This includes planned enhancements such as an active electronically scanned array radar, additional weapons and new reconnaissance and targeting systems.
“There is now far more willingness from the customers to converge and go ahead on those,” he said.
The Eurofighter consortium had an exhibit at the 29 March-1 April Defexpo India show in New Delhi in support of its continued pursuit of the 126-aircraft MMRCA deal.
Zoller also disclosed the value of Cassidian’s stake in a new five-year support contract signed by the four Eurofighter partner nations on 30 March.
Its €840 million ($1.1 billion) deal will cover the provision of in-service support to the air forces of Germany and Spain.
Alenia Aermacchi and BAE Systems last week valued their parts of the deal as worth a combined $1.38 billion.