In a series of tweets today, MoD spokesperson Sitanshu Kar quoted Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on the MMRCA:
It’s Final: #MMRCA Dead, Rafales Coming
After a decade of speculation, intrigue, a generous measure of behind-the-scenes drama, finally some ironic clarity on the ‘mother of all deals’, India’s massive combat jet acquisition effort, the M-MRCA. After committing to purchase 36 flyaway Rafales from Dassault last week, the Indian government today made it supremely clear that the M-MRCA process is effectively dead after careening earthward in a death spiral for over three years.
Interestingly, Parrikar has also said “future Rafale deals will also be government to government“, a seeming contradiction of the India-France joint statement last week that spoke of the separate MMRCA process.