India denies elimination of Dassault Aviation Rafale
New Delhi, India - All competitors still in competition
(WAPA) - The last week news relating to the elimination of Dassault Aviation Rafale fighter from the 10 billion tender for 126 new MMRCA (Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft) fighters for the Indian Government, provoked surprise particularly by Dassault that said "To have no confirmation from the Indian MoD. We are extremely surprised since there was no technical lacuna in our bid" (see AVIONEWS).
A New Delhi ministry of defense spokesman stated it, affirming that the French proposal "Has fallen short on several counts listed in the GSQRs (General Staff Qualitative Requirements) drawn up by IAF (Indian Air Force). It did not pass muster in the technical evaluation of the bids submitted by the six contenders".
The Indian Air Force denied today reports that the Dassault Rafale has been eliminated from the Country’s medium multi-role combat aircraft competition.
"We have not ruled anyone out yet in the MMRCA competition", says an IAF spokesman, who confirmed that the service is responsible for evaluating the contenders. "All of the tests have not been completed. The technical evaluations are only just over and we are scheduled to begin the flight tests next month. Everyone is still in the competition". (Avionews)