Indian military intend to abandon the acquisition of the French fighter Rafale), developed by Dasso" newspaper reports Business Standard. The reason was a too high price of these machines was higher than expected. A possible alternative to the French fighters is to increase the order of the Russian su-30MKI.
French fighter was selected by the Indian Ministry of defense in the tender MMRCA (medium multi-role combat aircraft), which was planned acquisition of 126 cars worth 10 billion dollars. Participated in the tender in addition to "Rafal" fighter "Typhoon", developed by EADS, the Swedish SAAB "Gripen", American F-16 and F/A-18E/F and the Russian MiG-35.
In the shortlist of the tender, which lasted more than 10 years, includes two European machine - Typhoon and Rafale). Rafal won, as reported, due to the lower cost of the aircraft, but later it turned out that the life cycle cost of the French fighters are much higher, and the total price of the contract for 126 cars threatens to exceed 20 billion dollars.