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French Miss: Dassault ducks India Defexpo

What should be one’s first order of business after achieving L1 status in India‘s Medium Multirole Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) competition? Miss a major defence trade show in New Delhi, of course. After all, it is only the fighter deal of the century. Following the MMRCA short listing last April, which saw the Gripen, F/A-18 E/F, […]

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MMRCA: the vigil continues

India’s Economic Times has reported that the MMRCA contractcould be announced within ten days, qouting sources.  Of course, on 21 December India’s BusinessStandard said a decision was coming ‘within a fortnight.’ In February last year,the Hindu qouted none less than the Air Chief himself as saying the deal wouldbe signed by September 2011. The only […]

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India’s Mirage upgrade: a prelude to a Rafale MMRCA win?

It looks as if India is serious about upgradingits Dassault Mirage 2000Hs to Mirage 2000-9 standard. This is a major upgradethat will affect most systems in the aircraft. The bill, estimated at $2.2billion, is staggering, working out to about $43 million an aircraft. One wondersif Indiawould be better off buying new aircraft. In his MMRCA […]

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Aero India: MMRCA must read

A big thumbs up to Ashley J. Tellis of the CarnegieEndownment for International Peace. Over the last week I’ve been greatlyenjoying his 133 page epic about the Medium Multi-role Combat Aircraftcompetition.Of particular interest were his in-depth commentsabout the AESA radars. While the Europeans all have development models, the US aircraftalready have fully functional systems. The chart […]

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India’s MMRCA: Cut and Thrust

These are interesting times for India‘s Air Force. Somewhere in itscolonnaded Delhiheadquarters a massive team is poring over tens of thousands of pages about thesix fighters in the 126-aircraft MMRCA (Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft)competition. Aside from the 6,000-7,000 pages each company provided – thecontenders are Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Saab, Dassault, Eurofighter, and RSKMig – the […]

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Squeaky bum time in Indian MMRCA competition

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson once called the tail end of the season, when the real title contenders step up their game amid the pressure and peel away from their rivals, the squeaky bum time.That is probably an apt description for the six contenders in India’s medium multi-role combat aircraft competition. The flight evaluation trials […]

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India completes MMRCA review with Rafale still in the fray

India’s air force has completed the technical evaluations of the contenders for its medium multi-role combat aircraft competition. And, just as we reported few weeks ago, the Dassault Rafale (the very nice looking French fighter that you see in the video above) is still in the mix despite media reports to the contrary.Which just goes […]

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IAF says Rafale still in Indian fighter contest

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 […]

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Dassault Rafale out of Indian MMRCA competition?

Several Indian newspapers are reporting that the Dassault Rafale has been dropped from the country’s medium multi-role combat aircraft competition after failing the technical evaluation. Dassault officials say that they are still waiting for word from the Indian defence ministry.The aircraft was not brought to Aero India 2009 in Bangalore, leading to speculation that the […]

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