The Indian Air Force Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) Competition is an ongoing competition to supply 126 multi-role combat aircraft to the Indian Air Force (IAF). The Defence Ministry has allocated 42,000 crore (US$8.52 billion) for the purchase of these aircraft making it India’s single largest defence deal.
India had issued the tender for the 126 planes in August 2007 and has reached a stage of finalization of the tender just over four years.
Final commercial bids in India’s $12-billion Indian medium multirole combat aircraft (MMRCA) competition are to be opened on (Friday) 4th November 2011.
The two finalists, Dassault and Eurofighter, were contacted this week seeking their presence at the Ministry of Defence on November 4 for the authentication and opening of commercial bids. According to procedure, the contents of both bids will be read out to all present and then signed by all members of the Contract Negotiation Committee.
Both the aircraft are considered technically qualified which means the Indian Air Force will have to accept any one of the aircraft which the government finds to have offered the lowest pricing from a comprehensive perspective.
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