Oct 25, 2010
| By Neelam Mathews |
| Members of the supervisory board of the four-nation Eurofighter consortium—which like the U.S. is competing for India’s program for 126 Medium Multirole Combat Aircraft (MMRCA)—are meeting in New Delhi for the first time Oct. 25-26. This is also the group’s initial meeting in Asia.|
“India’s MMRCA is high on the agenda. . . . This should be a clear signal to the political decision-makers in India that the MMRCA is of the highest importance for Eurofighter,” says Cassidian Air Systems spokesman Theodor Benien.
The consortium—representing Germany, U.K., Italy and Spain—has made its political presence felt in the past months with British Prime Minister David Cameron and German ministers for foreign affairs and economy visiting India. Besides the aircraft, India also has identified active, electronically scanned array (AESA) radar as important. Eurofighter and Euroradar, together with their industrial partners, have begun full-scale development of a new AESA radar.
Eurofighter photo: Geoffrey Lee