It looks as if
Anyway, the timing of the upgrade (first mooted in 2004) isinteresting, as it coincides nicely with the medium multi-role combat aircraft(MMRCA) shortlist that came out in April. This saw the Super Hornet, F-16INSuper Viper, Saab Gripen, and MiG-35 eliminated, creating a shortlist of theDassault Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon.
For some time I have suspected a linkage between the MMRCAdeal and the eternally delayed Mirage upgrade. By linking the two separatepurchases,
Remember, MMRCA could well go beyond the initial 126aircraft, with the IAF buying up to 200. Later this decade
Indian officials have reportedly set a timeline to selectthe MMRCA winner in September, with the extended bids from Dassault andEurofighter to expire at the end of this year. Soon we’ll know.