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Doubtless tired of the sounds of strangled indignation still coming from former colonial power Britain, which is finding it hard to digest the Indian decision to buy the French-made Rafale rather than the U.K.-German-Spanish Typhoon, the Indian government today ruled out the possibility that there could be “any comeback” on the decision.In a long article in The Times of India, a top defense ministry source says the entire Medium Multirole Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) project cost would have gone up by around Rs 25,000 crore (Rs 1 crore = 10 million rupees, but that in India would be written 1,00,00,000 so I'll just let you work out exactly how much that is as weekend homework!), or around 22-25% more if the Typhoon had been selected.The tools used to determine the lowest bidder (L-1) was the overall life cycle cost of the 126 aircraft, and the difference in the direct acquisition cost – that's the figure that will be on the contract the Indians say should be ready for signature this fall. “Rafale was the clear L-1 in both life cycle, as well as direct acquisition costs,” a defense source added.British Prime Minister David Cameron is particularly outraged because the U.K. gives substantial aid to India every year. But Indian bloggers point out that aid is aid, not a bribe.
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