May 9, 2011

Q.221

The Indian Air Force is planning to purchase over a hundred "Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft" and had received bids from six aviation companies. Recently, the Ministry of Defence effectively shortlisted only two of the vendors, and left out bids for the Russian MiG-35, SAAB's Gripen (Swedish), and two American bids (from Boeing and Lockheed Martin), much to the chagrin of the US government.

One of the shortlisted bids is from a European consortium selling the Eurofighter Typhoon. The other is built by the French firm Dassault and gets its name from the French for "gust" or "squall". Which aircraft?

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