IAF says Rafale still in Indian fighter contest

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The Indian Air Force says that the Dassault Rafale (above) is still in the country’s medium multi-role combat aircraft competition, refuting reports by several of the country’s newspapers last week that the fighter had been eliminated after failing the technical evaluation.

Dassault says that it is waiting for news and referred all media enquiries to the French embassy in India, saying that the negotiations were being conducted on a government-to-government basis. The embassy declined to comment.

Chalk this one up as just one of those confusing events that take place regularly during Indian military tenders!

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