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PTI Jan 31, 2012, 05.29PM IST
NEW DELHI: French company Dassault Rafale on Tuesday bagged India's biggest-ever contract for supplying 126 combat aircraft for the air force, edging out European competitor EADS in the multi-billion dollar deal.
The French firm was declared as the lowest bidder, according to which it will get the contract under India's defence procurement procedure, sources said.
"The French firm Dassault Rafale has emerged as the L-1 (lowest bidder) and cheaper than its european rival EADS (maker of Eurofighter) in the tender and will be offered to supply the aircraft to the IAF," the source said.
They said the representatives of Dassault here were informed about the development in the morning and further negotiations on price will be held with them in the next 10-15 days.
The contract will be signed only in the next fiscal. According to the Request for Proposal (RFP), the winner of the contract will have to supply 18 of the 126 aircraft to the IAF in 36 months from its facilities and the remaining would be produced at HAL facilities in Bangalore.
Six companies including American F-16 and F-18, Russian MiG 35, Swedish Saab Gripen alongwith Eurofighter and Dassault Rafale were in the race in the beginning. But in April last year, the Defence Ministry shortlisted Dassault and EADS, evicting the American, Russian and Swedish bids.
The process was started with the issuing of a global tender in 2007 after which all the six contenders were subjected to extensive field evaluation trails by the Indian Air Force at several locations across the globe.
Earlier in the day, Defence Minister A K Antony said that the deal would be finalised and signed only in the next fiscal.
"It is a long process. The file has not come to my table... Once it comes to me, after that it will go to the Finance Ministry and then will go to the CCS. It will be a long process," he said.
The number of aircraft to be procured under the deal for 126 Medium-Multirole Combat Aircraft (M-MRCA) can go up further as the RFP has the repeat order clause under which 63 more aircraft can be ordered by India.
A number of American and European firms are in the race to supply the weapons package for the aircraft which includes a whole array of air to air and air to ground missiles.
The aircraft are being procured by the IAF to replace the MiG 21 warplanes in its inventory and the lack of new planes due to delay in the indigenous LCA programme.
The Medium-Multirole Combat Aircraft (M-MRCA) deal had run into a controversy on December 31 last year after it was found that the file related to the offset commitments of the six bidders was recovered from a South Delhi locality.
Dassault was also reported to have been ejected by the Ministry in April 2009 but the Defence Ministry later clarified that it was still in the race.
In the last six months, this is the third big defence deal bagged by French firms. India had recently signed a deal worth over USD 2.4 billion with Dassault Aviation and Thales for upgrading the 51 aircraft-fleet of Mirage 2000 warplanes.
Earlier this month, Government also cleared a proposal to procure around 490 MICA air-to-air missiles for the Mirage 2000 aircraft from French firm MBDA which will cost USD 970 million.