As explained in the preceding part of this analysis, by the end of April 2011, the Indian Air Force (IAF) had removed four of the six competing aircraft from the competition, clearing only the French Dassault Rafale and the Eurofighter for the shortlist.
The Rafale had managed to survive the contest. Now the French only had Eurofighter to beat. The dice were loaded.
With the two aircraft the only ones qualified technically, a decision to select one of the two would now depend on their commercial bids. Rafale would have to come out cheaper than the Eurofighter in order to win the contest.
But what should have been a straight figure-for-figure comparison (both bids were in Euros) turned into a farce.Read More…