Indian fighter jet tender might be annulled

Russia's Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) does not rule out the possibility that India might annul the results of a tender to buy 126 combat aircraft.

"The tender for the purchase of combat planes that our MiG-35 participated in has still not gone into effect, despite the fact that it was announced the winner. It's possible that the results of the tender might be annulled and a new one will be announced. Such a development is quite possible," FSMTC deputy director Vyacheslav Dzirkaln told Interfax.

A similar situation is taking shape with helicopter tenders, said Dzirkaln, who is leading the Russian delegation at the IDEX 2013 arms fair in the United Arab Emirates.

"Take the tender for the purchase of heavy helicopters. According to some sources, the American Chinook has been determined as the winner of this tender. And we don't quite understand this, because in terms of technical characteristics the Mi-26 has no equals in the world. While in Brussels to discuss the issue of supplying helicopters to Afghanistan, I showed the NATO representatives participating in the conference a photograph in which a Russian helicopter is taking an American Chinook, which was allegedly announced the winner of the Indian tender, out of a gorge," Dzirkaln said.

He said a better advertisement for the Russian helicopter has yet to be thought up, particularly since the photo was taken by a western agency.

Asked when India might announce the results of a tender for 126 light helicopters, in which Russia's Ka-226T is participating, Dzirkaln said India stands out in that tenders there can take years. "Despite the fact that deadlines are announced for a given tender, they are often postponed or prolonged. Therefore, it's dangerous to make any forecasts here," he said.

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