6: The number of contending aircraft.
0: What HAL has needed to do to be the license partner in the MMRCA.
3: The number of years it took the government to decide that a competition made more sense than an IAF-recommended purchase of more Mirage-2000s.
4: The number if IAF Air Marshals who openly rue that decision to this day.
4: The number of companies that received the Indian RFI in 2004 (Dassault, Lockheed-Martin, RAC-MiG, Saab).
4: The number of contending aircraft that promise to deliver AESA radars better than the American ones.
2: The number of vendors who explicitly state that they will release all avionics/sensor source codes to the IAF as part of any deal.
46: The number of times in 2006-07 that the then IAF chief Shashindra Pal Tyagi was quoted to have said “buying fighters is not like buying vegetables in a market”.
242: The number of times Defence Minister AK Antony, in response to questions about the delayed RFP, nodded genially and said, “It is in process”.
3: The number of years it took for the government to send out an RFP after receiving information about potential contenders.
211: The number of pages in the RFP that was released in August 2007.
4: The number of defence journalists who claimed to have a copy of the RFP on the day it was released.
0: The number of defence journalists who actually had a copy of the RFP on the day it was released.
(Still counting): The number of times sundry officials from the IAF and MoD have pointed to “front-runners” in the competition.
4: The number of times competing countries have urged abandonment of the tender in favour of a separate exclusive deal. (– Saurabh Joshi)
10: The number (on a scale of ten) that depicts just how badly IAF chief Pradeep Naik wants the MMRCA contract to be signed before he retires in July this year.
0: The number (on a scale of ten) that depicts the chances of that actually happening.
0: The optimism co-efficient of vendors that the IAF chief’s word holds any more sway.
<1: The chances on a scale of 10 of the deal being concluded this calendar year.
22: The number of times the current IAF chief has expressed his pride over the evaluation process, and said he will patent it.
186: The number of times this blog has posted about the competition. Ok, now 187.
~421: The number of misleading leaks, rumours and patent falsehoods that have been deliberately put out by certain officers in the IAF and MoD acquisition wing.
8: The number of times the IAF and MoD have contradicted each other over aspects of the selection process.
112: The number of times the European competitors have described the Americans as “aggressive”.
643: The number of test points evaluated on the six aircaft during field trials.
2: The number of years it took for field trials to commence after RFPs had been issued.
7: The number of times Lockheed-Martin took pot shots at the Gripen.
7: The number of times Gripen took pot shots at Lockheed-Martin.
1: The number of times commercial bids have been revised.
10: Chances on a scale of ten that commercial bids will be required to be extended.
11,441: The number of reports about the MMRCA in the mainstream Indian media.
11,441: The number of reports about the MMRCA in the mainstream Indian media that were based largely on speculation.
Do feel free to add your own.