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According to a report in ” The Print “, the Indian Navy has submitted its report to the Defence Ministry and according to their sources, Dassault Rafale Marine offer is the frontrunner to bag the deal for 27 deck-based fighter jets to be operated from the Indian aircraft carrier as it meets all the Criteria. previously reported that Dassault has been offering better discounts and more upgrades to mitigate any chances of Boeing bagging the deal for its F-18 Super hornet. Both companies have been seen carrying out intense lobbying in the last few weeks after the completion of the evaluation of both jets from the shore-based facility in Goa.

Rafale Marine and Rafale 3FR which are operated by the Indian Air force have over 70% of commonality of equipment, airframe structures, and other systems on board that could reduce the need for separate spares inventory. Rafale Marine and Rafale 3FR both have the same M-88 engines made by Safran which is already expanding its supply chain in India to cater to the growing demand for spares and other equipment for its engines.

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