Report: India AF recommends Typhoon and Rafale



India’s TimesNow TV reports the country’s air force wants to choose between only the Eurofighter Typhoon and Dassault Rafale for the 126-aircraft contract called medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA).

It’s difficult to assess the reliability of the report. The journalist cites only “the air force” as the source for his potentially bombshell scoop. The Rafale and Typhoon seem to be popular in India. An unscientific poll posted last week by Indian aerospace blog LiveFist showed that Typhoon and Rafale are the most popular aircraft in the competition.  

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9 Responses to Report: India AF recommends Typhoon and Rafale

  1. jim 9 August, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    to be confirmed …
    But lately, others unconfirmed leaks coming from a meeting between the IAF (India) and the FAB (Brazil) gave exactly the same infos.

  2. Aussie Digger 9 August, 2010 at 2:55 pm #

    Er, the report itself mentions that Super Hornet may be chosen, depending on ‘the engines’…

    I won’t hold my breath expecting this story to be true. If it is, the three cheapest aircraft have been eliminated…

    Something almost unthinkable, in a program this big…

  3. Dave 9 August, 2010 at 3:18 pm #

    I have my doubts about this report, but historically (last 50 years), India has been leery of depending on the US for military equipment, especially with regard to something vital such as this. I kinda had my money on Rafale from day one.

  4. Stephen Trimble 9 August, 2010 at 3:27 pm #

    Of course, it was only about a year ago the Indian press reported the Rafale had been eliminated from the competition!

  5. Dave 9 August, 2010 at 3:36 pm #

    Which is precisely why I’m skeptical… If politics were removed from the equation, I would have said the Super Hornet or possibly the F-16E/F have the inside track.

  6. jim 9 August, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    People who follow carefully the indian MMRCA know the Rafale hadn’t been eliminated ;)
    http://www.avionews.com/index.php?corpo=see_news_home.php&news_id=1103176&pagina_chiamante=corpo%3Dindex.php

    Now with politic still out of the IAF technical evaluation , its not a surprise to have the Typhoon and the Rafale ahead of F16 and F18…

  7. aeroxavier 9 August, 2010 at 5:07 pm #

    this is for one multi role aircraft, but the eurofighter was made for air supremacy, no?

    we don’t see what is made in secret, but i’m sure they don’t will have only russian plane or have one dependance with american system. i think the gripen,rafale and EF2000 was the solution for IAF.

  8. Royce 9 August, 2010 at 6:37 pm #

    It still seems odd to me that you’d have a contest in which Gripen and the F-16 compete against bigger, more expensive twin-engine fighters. If you’re already flying Su-30s, why not just buy more Su-30s if you want a powerful twin?

  9. Vishal 20 February, 2011 at 5:40 am #

    Well it has both twin nd single engines jet competin cos initially it was to be a mirage class plane..but as Iaf requiremnts changed so did some jets ..

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