The Eurofighter event comes four days before the RfP response proposal expires on April 28 — six fat proposals will be submitted by five embassies to the Ministry of Defence on the morning of April 28. Everyone’s obviously waiting till the last minute, hoping to get a final juicy bit of inside info on a competitor’s bid document, and alter their own accordingly (that isn’t far-fetched at all, by the way)!
Boeing sent in a whirlwind press release late Thursday evening, for the first time announcing the existence of an F/A-18IN variant for India, announcing the following:
“The Boeing Company today delivered a detailed 7,000-page proposal offering its advanced F/A-18E/F Super Hornet to the Indian Air Force as part of India’s Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) competition. Five roller bags containing copies of Boeing’s MMRCA proposal are shown being readied for delivery to India on Tuesday April 22, 2008 in St. Louis, MO. The Super Hornet variant being offered to India, the F/A-18IN is based on the F/A-18E/F model flown by the U.S. Navy and currently being built for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).”
Yesterday, Gripen had a massive roll-out. The only chaps keeping real quiet about everything are the Russians and the French. Not a peep out of them in the last six months.