India left both the United States and Russia disappointed when it informed the two that they had been eliminated from the competition for the mammoth fighter jet aircraft order. The two finalists were both European: France’s Dassault Aviation and the European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Corporation, a four nation consortium.
This was the final recommendation from the Indian Defense Ministry and now it remains to be seen whether Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s cabinet will okay the decision.
The United States, while accepting the worst, is still hoping that the Indian government may yet reinstate the American companies in consideration for the US-Indian strategic partnership . The US declared itself “deeply disappointed” by being eliminated from the $10.4 billion prize, but pledged to retain US Indian strategic ties. It should be recalled that American president Barack Obama lobbied for the American companies during his visit to India.