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MMRCA: Why India opted for Europe and not US

November 02, 2011 23:43 IST

Clearing the air over why India has preferred Europe to the United States in the process of acquiring medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA), top government sources said on Wednesday that it was to obtain the finest armaments for Indian armed forces.

"It was not a political or strategic choice, but simply the matter of getting the best weapons for our defence forces," the sources said.

"After the QRs, detailed technical evaluation of the various aircraft was done to assess which were the fighter planes that met our requirements and which didn't. It was a totally transparent process where both the buyer and the seller know exactly where they stand."

"According to the Defence Procurement Process (DPP), we ranked the aircraft and finally there were two that met our needs. Now commercial bids have been called for from both the aircraft manufacturers – Rafale and Eurofighter," sources added.
Shishir Bhate in New Delhi