Winner of combat aircraft deal likely soon: Naik

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 20:08

New Delhi: Air Chief Marshal PV Naik
today said the likely winner of the multi-billion dollar
combat aircraft deal would be known in the "next five to six"
weeks.

"The next step is to call vendors and open up the
commercial bids. I think in the next five to six weeks, I
expect that the L1 (lowest bidder) would be decided," he said
here.

As per the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP), the
lowest bidder in the multi vendor tenders is considered to be
the winner of the deals.

European consortium Eurofighter Typhoon and the French
Dassault Rafale are the two companies in race for supplying
126 Medium-Multirole Combat Aircraft (M-MRCA) to the Indian
Air Force.

The two companies were shortlisted after a five-year
long competition between six companies including the American
Boeing and Lockheed Martin, Russian MiG 35 and Swedish Saab
Gripen.

The IAF chief said that major procedures such as the
completion of the Technical Offsets Evaluation Committee
report have been finalised.

Commenting on the Mirage 2000 aircraft upgrade
programme, Naik said the deal worth over Rs 10,900 crore would
be signed soon under which 51 aircraft would be upgraded.

The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) had recently
cleared the proposal for upgrading 51 aircraft to the Mirage
2000-5 standards in collaboration with France.

On the results for procuring heavy-lift and attack
helicopters, the IAF chief said the trials have been completed
by the force and the trial report would be submitted to the
Defence Ministry soon.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 20:08

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