India to favour France for 1.5 bln euro war plane contract: Thales




 
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January 25th, 2008  
rock45
 

Topic: India to favour France for 1.5 bln euro war plane contract: Thales


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India to favour France for 1.5 bln euro war plane contract: Thales

day ago NEW DELHI (AFP) — India's government is set to announce that France will be sole bidder for a contract worth up to 1.5 billion euros to upgrade its Mirage fighters, the French defence firm Thales said Wednesday.
The official announcement of a reserved tender will coincide with a state visit to New Delhi by President Nicolas Sarkozy on Friday, said Thales' India director Francois Dupont.
The move would be a major a boost for Paris' efforts to remain a primary player in the burgeoning Indian defence market, following serious problems with other contracts.
"We are expecting an announcement from India on Friday that they will soon launch a tender reserved for French companies," Dupont told AFP. France would be the "sole and exclusive" bidder, he said.
The Indian Air Force has 51 Mirage-2000 war planes, which are made by Dassault with electronics from Thales, that need a major upgrade.



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