| NEW DELHI, April 16
NEW DELHI, April 16 France's Dassault Aviation
is out of the running for a $10 billion contract to supply
India with 126 multi-role fighter jets, an Indian defence
ministry spokesman said on Thursday.
Boeing (BA.N), Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N), Russia's
MiG-35, Sweden's Saab (SAABb.ST) KAS-39 Gripen and the
Eurofighter Typhoon, a consortium of British, German, Italian
and Spanish companies, were the other parties that submitted
bids last year for the contract, one of the biggest in the
"Rafale did not meet the usual requirement," the spokesman
"The other five companies are still in the race," he said.
In Paris, a Dassault Aviation (DAST.PA) spokesman had no
immediate comment on the announcement.
Dassault's other leading partners in the Rafale project
include Thales (TCFP.PA), which makes the radar, and engine
maker Safran (SAF.PA).
India has said it will soon begin trials of the fighter
jets, as it plans to replace its ageing Soviet-era fleet.
Defence officials have said the trial process could begin by
end-May and could take nearly a year to test the capability of
"It will be a long process, as we will check various
things, including the capabilities of the fighters in combat
scenarios," the spokesman said.
India plans to spend more than $30 billion over the next
five years to modernise its largely Soviet-era weapons systems
and is also launching its first military spy satellite next
(Additional reporting by Tim Hepher in Paris; Editing by John