The M-MRCA sweepstakes

The Indian Air Force’s yet-to-be-issued request for proposal (RFP) for the medium-multirole combat aircraft (M-MRCA) is beginning to resemble a free-for-all that shows little sign of abating and will continue in this manner for several years. What makes this tender an unusual one, however, is the type of airborne radar and onboard systems which will be specified in the deal, the co-production arrangements and major offsets for local Indian industry while geo-political considerations are going to carry far more clout in the decision process than, perhaps, the actual choice of the aircraft itself.

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