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.
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Published on Feb 20, 2006 12:46 PM IST
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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.

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