contenders for the multibillion-dollar deal for purchase of 126
medium-multirole combat aircraft (M-MRCA).
“No offers for upgrades or changes in the original bid submitted by the
six aircraft companies would be allowed as their aircraft have been
judged on the basis of capabilities offered in the original bid and
their performance in the field trials,” IAF sources added.
IAF has even rejected a bidder’s proposal to equip its warplanes with a more powerful jet engine.
A report on the process of evaluation for the deal has been submitted to
the Indian Defence Ministry, which is expected to start contract
negotiations soon after going through technical evaluation and field
trial reports of the six aircraft.
The six aircraft that are competing for the deal are Lockheed’s F-16,
Boeing F/A-18 E/F, Dassault’s Rafale, Saab Gripen, Rosoboronexport MiG
35 and EADS Eurofighter Typhoon.
India is planning to procure 126 M-MRCA for IAF in an $11bn deal.