Six vendors bid to supply 110 fighters to India

09 July 2018

Six combat aircraft manufacturers have responded to the Indian Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) 6 April request for information (RFI) for the proposed acquisition of 110 multirole fighter aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Official sources told Jane’s that on 6 July four of the six original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) offered twin-engine fighters (the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, the Dassault Rafale, the Eurofighter Typhoon, and RAC MiG’s MiG-35), while the other two OEMs offered single-engine fighters (the Saab Gripen E and the Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 70).

All six aircraft had participated in the IAF’s 2007 tender for 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA), which was scrapped in April 2015 in favour of the IAF directly importing 36 Dassault Rafale fighters.

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