Friday, November 4, 2011

India Unseals MMRCA Bids from Dassault, EADS

NEW DELHI - The Indian defense ministry unsealed bids by the final two competitors in the $10 billion Medium Multirole Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) competition, but a final decision is up to two months away.
Top, a German Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon performs a flight demonstration during Aero India 2009. Bottom, a French Air Force Dassault Rafale performs at Aero India 2011. Eurofighter and Dassault are both competing in India’s MMRCA competition. (File photos / Agence France-Presse)
The bids will be evaluated for lowest life-cycle cost.
"The lowest bidder will be announced after six to eight weeks," ministry spokesman Sitanshu Kar said.
The acquisition process is being kept secret to ensure transparency, said another ministry official.
Officials from neither Dassault, which is offering the Rafale, nor EADS, which is offering the Eurofighter, were available for comment.

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