Moscow: Russia Monday said that its new
Mig-35 fighter had passed Indian Air Forces three evaluation
tests and matched all requirements listed by New Delhi in the
USD 10 billion tender for 126 medium multi-role combat
"The requirements of the tender are quite rigid, but
we have already held three evaluation tests, and we believe we
have offered an aircraft which entirely corresponds to the
tender requirements," a senior official of the Rosoboronexport
State Corporation Sergei Kornyev said.
His comments come as India is believed to be in the
process of shortlisting the bidders.
Major aircraft manufacturers including the French
Dassault Aviation with its Rafale jet fighter, US Lockheed
Martin with its F-16 Falcon and Boeing with F-18 Super Hornet,
the Swedish Saab with its most up-to-date Gripen fighter and
Eurofighter are in the fray along with MiG-35 Fulcrum-F.
"Of course, the buyers will make the final decision.
"We are sure that we will participate in this tender
until the end, and we hope we will win," Kornyev was quoted as
saying by RIA Novosti.
Mig-35 Fulcrum-F with thrust-vectoring engines is a
highly manoeuvrable single seater multi-role air superiority
fighter is an export version of the MiG-29M OVT (Fulcrum F).
The plane was first officially presented at the Aero
India 2007 air show in Bangalore.