New Delhi: India's biggest-ever multi-billion dollar deal for acquiring 126 combat aircrafts has seen French firm Dassault Aviation's Rafale bag the contract over its rival the Eurofighter Typhoon.

After losing out the deal to France the British High Commissioner James Bevan expressing his disappointment said “Britain is still hopeful and will still keep a tab on the developments of the deal.”

James Bevan told Dainik Jagran, “We are disappointed on India’s deal with our competitors but we respect India’s decision. At the same time we feel that ‘Eurofighter’ is still the best option as per India’s requirements out of the other available jets in the world. Britain will still keep a tab on the deal and incase the deal is dropped from either of the side, Eurofighters will still be open for India.”
Through the open tenders the French company Dassault will supply 126 fighter jets to the Indian Air Force.

The Americans, Russians and Swedish were competing to bag the jet deal, but were ruled out during the first phase of the bidding process. The last phase saw a competition between Britain’s EADS and Dassault of France.  But by last Tuesday, Dassault emerged as the final choice for the deal as it offered a lower price than EADS.

James added, “Though the jet deal decision has disappointed us but it is too small to affect India-Britain trade relations. Britain has been supplying military equipments to the Indian Army, the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force and we hope it continues in the future.”

JPN/Bureau