That was apparently the decisive factor in India’s choosing Dassault’s Rafale multi-role fighter over the EADS Typhoon:
French firm Dassault has emerged as the lowest bidder for a $10bn (£6.3bn) contract to supply India jet fighters.
Dassault Aviation, as preferred bidder, will now enter final talks before signing a deal that will supply India’s air force with 126 Rafale aircraft.
Correspondents say this is one of the world’s biggest defence deals and is a major setback for rival bidder, the Eurofighter Typhoon.
Eurofighter lost out in December on an $8bn deal to supply jets to Japan…
BBC defence and diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus says the Indian air force is going through an unprecedented period of modernisation; a response in part to China’s developing air power.
Four other bidders had dropped out in the lengthy Indian selection process.
It’s interesting that the combat proven Super Hornet didn’t get a better look, as Boeing had offered to co-produce the design in the subcontinent and its unit cost was nearly $30 million less than Dassault’s option. India’s MoD was apparently concerned about potential political constraints with respect to the Super Hornet bid. The French, on the other hand, will sell anything, to practically anyone.