EADS to seek Eurofighter contract in India
The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) plans to bid for a new jet fighter contract in India.india Updated: Feb 20, 2006 12:46 IST
The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) plans to bid for a new jet fighter contract in India, the company's co-chief executive officer said on Monday.
"Yes we are going to compete," Thomas Enders said on the sidelines of a media briefing ahead of Asian Aerospace, the world's third-largest airshow which begins on Monday.
Although India is not yet accepting formal offers for the 126 multi-role fighters, the EADS Eurofighter is expected to be up against Lockheed Martin's F-16, Boeing's F-18, Sweden's Gripen and the Russian MiG, industry officials say.
The Indian air force has been plagued by aircraft crashes among its ageing fleet, particularly the MiG-21s.