Indian defence Ministry has Announced French Dassault Rafale as Lowest Bidder in Indian MMRCA Tender to supply 126 Aircrafts.Final contract to be signed following negotiations in March this year.The winner of MMRCA are meant to Replace aging Mig's in IAF.India will get 18 aircrafts in flyaway condition while 108 aircrafts will be manufactured in India under Transfer of technology.
Does this open the door for Navy to choose Rafale for their follow on Aircraft carriers ?
Indian navy Issued RFI in 2009 for new Generation Carrier based Fighters.It was said that it had gained the clearance for purchase of this Aircrafts already.The RFI however didn't mentioned number of Aircrafts.
Also to mention in Sept 2010 , Press Trust of India revealed that Indian the Strategic Forces Command are looking to Acquire 40 Fighter having capabilities to deliver nuclear-tipped missiles and Bombs.
Co-Incidentally in 2010 Dassault officials Pitched to supply India 40 Rafale's on fast track Basis.
Interesting developments ahead !!