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  1. 1

    Jake Lor

    The French Dassault Rafale going to win today.

    The French Dassault Rafale is cheaper, already have AESA radar on it, super maneuverable, easy to maintain, and cooler than Eurofighter Typhoon.

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  2. 2

    Anonymous

    i hope this time you are right because you posted the same news a couple weeks ago…

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  3. 3

    Shiv Aroor

    Anon: Nope, i reported a week ago that the bids would be opened on Nov 4. See:

    http://livefist.blogspot.com/2011/10/flash-mmrca-bids-to-be-opened-on.html

    This was just a heads-up. Know your stuff before commenting.

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  4. 4

    Anonymous

    Can anyone get pictures of the reps leaving the MoD building.. and which one is crying??

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  5. 5

    Shiv Aroor

    Anon@3.13AM: HAHA! That's a good idea. Winter's here in Delhi, so the person who's sweating may be the goner πŸ˜›

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  6. 6

    Anonymous

    the rafale must win , cause , he s exalty the MMRCA 's definition.

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  7. 7

    Anonymous

    Shiv, will the contents of the bids be released publicly or kept confidential ?

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  8. 8

    AP

    Hi Shiv,

    Are the bids being opened in presence of news media? Or is this being witnessed only by the reps of the two competitors and of course MOD babus?

    Thanks
    AP

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  9. 9

    Anonymous

    will be knowing the winner today itself or we have wait for dooms day year….???

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  10. 10

    Hari

    Awesome so Shiv tell us this. By today we will know which of the two fighters we will be having? Can there be any scenario where it is delayed again.

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  11. 11

    Bhavin

    Good Morning friends & welcome Rafales.

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  12. 12

    Bhavin

    Anon@3.13AM: Hahahahahah. . . , . . . . what an idea sirji.

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  13. 13

    Bhavin

    actuly 4 countries' repre. going to cry today, u wil find thm crying along with EADS person. . . . . . πŸ˜€

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  14. 14

    Anonymous

    I hope rep from EADS cries !!! πŸ˜›

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  15. 15

    Jith

    Shiv@3:29AM..super LIKE

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    Anonymous

    Let the deal finally materialized and there should be no cancellation as before usually done by our corrupt and bribe loving minister.

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  17. 17

    Shantanu

    I really hope that this time MoD gives this a final clearance.

    The process has been slow and ardous. And it doesn't matter who wins as long as it progresses.

    I would be upset if something puts a spanner in the works (read benchmarking / F 35 JSF etc).

    Keep us updated Shiv !!!

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    Asch V.

    Whoever wins, its a loss to India in long term, failure to induct Tejas into mainstream airforce, then the time frame in which this mmrca fighters will reach India just makes this deal a futile one. On the other hand, pilots will continue to die in aging Mig-21, the best course of action would be to replace Mig-21 asap with likes of gripen or F-15 or even Tejas, and allow the FGFA to take lead which is a fifh gen. fighter(And the cost would be lower than the EU counterparts). In the end, thanks to the corruption, the leaders would not think like that alas. Talk about taking F-35 directly without the bids and without corruption, guess the cost equals to the so proclaimed mother of all deals MMRCA.

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  19. 19

    Shiv Aroor

    Anon@3.49am: Confidential, boss! Can I have some of what you're smoking? πŸ˜›

    AP: Please refer to above answer πŸ˜€

    Anon@7.33AM: The lowest bidder should be officially known in December.

    Hari: I love my country, but you and I both know that there are *always* scenarios where delays can happen πŸ™‚ One can only hope such a scenario doesn't present itself. For the IAF's sake at least.

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  20. 20

    Der Hacker, Der Nie War

    @Shiv :

    If no information is going to be disclosed from today's meeting , then why are you hyping today's meeting ?

    It will not end the suspense for sure.

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  21. 21

    Shiv Aroor

    Der Hacker: Who's hyping? It's info.

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  22. 22

    Aravind

    Wat ever…… we r just licensing it with our tax to boost Europeans economy.

    I doubt why should we ever wanted MMRCA

    Instead of this we should hav concentrated on our leadership,resource and research on indigestion or at least joint developments.

    Bcoz we r no more third world country.

    But only our major problem is "lack of good leadership".

    Thus our research & resources are wasted as time & money respectively.

    Wat do u peoples think???????

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  23. 23

    vipulmb

    Lets wait till December and hope for the good outcome.

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    vipulmb

    @Aravind: Said this words… ''Wat ever…… we r just licensing it with our tax to boost Europeans economy. I doubt why should we ever wanted MMRCA''… to any IAF personal… He/She will surely slap you.

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    Rajeev

    Thanks Aravind for good words for India.But I think your statements dont bode as we see our country today.

    1. India tried indignation and the results are LCA. LCA II – both of them not very successful. Our airforce chief labelled it as MIG21++

    2. We are a third world country. India GDP/Capita is just over $1100 – not middle income country by any imagination. 42% of the country is poor.

    With MRCA, there is a possibility that our scientists might get enough ToT to jumpstart our defence tech. Besides, there could be lot of opportunities of co-development, where our scientists can learn a lot from high tech western companies.

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    Anonymous

    Aravind, LCA and Arjun are the best example. I hope you understand what I mean here.

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  27. 27

    Anonymous

    Hi Shiv,
    How long do we have to wait for the good news.????
    Regards
    Abhishek

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  28. 28

    Anonymous

    can someone please tell me what the significance of this is? Opening the "bids" seems to me that they are jsut confirming the prices that were quoted initially. Is this all or am i missing something?

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  29. 29

    Anonymous

    seems this mmrca drama continues for an another decade

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  30. 30

    Ravi Khanna

    Rafels will win because they are the best as india has to train mirage pilots easily…. and also fewer changes in hals facility..

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