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MMRCA commercial bids for Rafale and Typhoon to be opened soon Print E-mail
Written by Ganesh   
Tuesday, 04 October 2011
New Delhi: The commercial bids of the MMRCA for the Rafale and Typhoon will be opened by the end of this month. MoD's Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) will hold a final meeting on October 7. "They will sort out any final issues before the bids are opened," said IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne.

Air Chief Marshal Browne said that the Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) for the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) has been delayed by another year. An initial IOC was given to the LCA in January this year. "We were supposed to get the IOC (final) by the end of this year. As we see it, there is a delay of almost another year in that," he said. He also said that negotiations for the MICA missile for the Mirage 2000 were over and that the case is now with the Finance Ministry. It is expected to be cleared either this month or next month.

Air Chief Marshal Browne clarified that the IAF would maintain 34 squadrons till force builds up. By 2014-16, the IAF is looking at a different capability. He also said that Nyoma and Kargil will be developed where all platforms can operate.

He said that the IAF is looking at 6 squadrons of 166 single seaters and 48 twin seaters of the FGFA. The twin seaters are expected to have a HAL component to it. "By 2012, it will be decided who is doing what," he said.

Regarding the acquisition of trainer aircraft, he said that Pilatus-7 is in the final stages of procurement. The contract will be signed by the end of October. India grounded 108 HPT 32 trainers in 2009, following accidents as a result of engine cuts. This year the Surya Kiran team will not fly at the Fly past on Oct 8 as it had to be disbanded in Feb to be used as trainers.

He revealed that the Indian Air Force (IAF) would exercise options for another six C-130J transport aircraft in addition to the six already ordered. The additional six will be based in the Eastern sector. The 6th aircraft is expected to be delivered in the first half of November.
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