British prime minister David Cameron says he is disappointed that India has begun negotiations with French company Dassault Aviation instead of Eurofighter over a contract for fighter aircraft.
Britain had hoped India would buy Eurofighter Typhoon jets that are partly assembled in Britain by BAE Systems. Indian officials said earlier this week that they had begun negotiations with Dassault to buy its Rafale jets in an $11 billion deal instead.
Cameron told lawmakers Wednesday that the decision "is obviously disappointing" but that India had not yet awarded the contract. He said he would encourage Indian officials to look again at the Eurofighter Typhoon, which is built by BAE Systems, German and Spanish branches of European aerospace group EADS and Italy's Finmeccanica.
London - The Guardian