$10 bln fighter jet deal transparent: Air Chief

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The Indian Air Force Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) tender, which has shortlisted two European fighter jets brushing aside powerful American and Russian contenders, was completely transparent, Air Chief Marshall PV Naik has said.

Brushing aside murmurs of dissent from the U.S. and Russians who have publicly expressed disappointment at losing out to the France’s Rafale and and the European joint product Eurofighter Typhoon, Naik said that the process was the “finest”.

In an interview to NDTV, replying to a question over speculation that the process was unfair and not transparent enough, the Indian Air Force chief said that the accusations appeared like those from miffed parties.

“Right in the beginning when this deal was going through, I had said that whoever we select, the others would always be dissatisfied. So I think it is a case of that,” he said.

“As far as the entire process of the MMRCA selection is concerned I think it is one of the finest things the Air Force has ever done.

“There was no security breach, a very fair treatment was given to everybody, every vendor briefed as per RFP and in fact the process has gone so well and so timely that I would like to patent that process,” Naik said.

“After all these were six of the best aircraft in the world…very little difference in all these, very difficult to decide which is the best, ultimately what suits our country – the best has to emerge as the best. That doesn’t mean the other aircraft are bad,” he told the television network.

“The process was very elaborate. As you are aware each aircraft had 600 testing points. So the whole thing went through in a very professional manner and I must compliment the team that undertook this task – very well done,” he said.

The Indian Air Force Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) Competition, is an ongoing competition to supply the Indian Air Force (IAF) with 126 multi-role combat aircraft.

India’s Defence Ministry has allocated Rs 42,000 crore (US$ 9.37 billion) for the purchase of these aircraft, making it India’s single largest defence deal.

On Apr 27 2011, the IAF shortlisted two of the six competing fighter jets — Eurofighter Typhoon and Dassault Rafale.

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