Rejection of US jets disappointing: Envoy

Last Updated: Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 16:19

New Delhi: With its fighters losing out in
the bid for India`s multi-billion dollar deal, the US Thursday said it was "deeply disappointed" over it but was "respectful"
of the procurement process.
In a statement here, Ambassador Timothy Roemer said he
had been assured at the highest levels in the Indian
government that the procurement process for the fighters "has
been and will be transparent and fair"

He said the US looked forward to continuing to grow and
develop defence partnership with India.

"The US Embassy in New Delhi was informed yesterday that
two aircraft offered by the US Government through the Foreign
Military Sales process were not selected for procurement by
the Indian Ministry of Defence," the statement said.

"We are reviewing the documents received from the
Government of India and are respectful of the procurement
process. We are, however, deeply disappointed by this news,"
Roemer said.
He was commenting on the rejection of Boeing`s F-18 and
Lockheed-Martin`s F-16 fighters by India in the bid for
multi-billion dollar Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA)
deal in which Eurofighter and French plane Rafale have been
shortlisted.

Roemer said he was "extremely confident" that the Boeing
F-18IN and Lockheed-Martin F-16IN would provide the Indian Air
Force an "unbeatable platform with proven technologies at a
competitive price."

He said he had been personally assured at the highest
levels of the Indian government that the "procurement process
for this aircraft has been and will be transparent and fair."

Remaining convinced that the US offers its defence
partners around the globe the world’s most advanced and
reliable technology, the envoy said, "We look forward to
continuing to grow and develop our defence partnership with
India."


PTI



First Published: Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 16:19

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