Decision on $10.4 bn combat jet order likely by September

Bangalore: India would take a decision on a $10.4 billion order for 126 combat jets by mid-2011 or latest by September, a top commander said Wednesday.
Releasing the AeroIndia special edition of India Strategic defence magazine ( on the opening day of the international air show here, the Indian Air Force (IAF) chief, Air Chief Marshal P.V. Naik, said that the evaluation process of the six aircraft in contention was proceeding satisfactorily and that he expected the decision by the middle of this year, or latest by August or September.
The IAF had completed the technical trials and submitted the report on time, and the process of evaluating the Transfer of Technology, Offsets and pricing aspects was moving forward in the defence ministry appropriately, and he expected commercial negotiations also to begin very soon.
09/02/11 IANS/Sify

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