French Military aviation encyclopedia and defense aeronautics news ”” in its report has claimed that deal with for the purchase of 114 jets might be concluded by September-October of this year as Dassault Rafale F4 is seen as the front runner for India’s anticipated $20 billion Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft (MRFA) program.

Indian Air Force is yet to float a Request for Proposal (RFP) and a deal to be concluded even by end of this year is highly unlikely even though they have been some movement in the MRFA tender process after a four-year lull from the time India had floated RFI (Request for Information) in 2018.

The report also claims orders for 27 Rafale M, a Deck-based variant is also front runner as the Indian Navy always opts for fighter jets that are already with the Indian Air Force to take advantage of the common platforms and also in training pilots.

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