FOURTH TIME LUCKY?
2001: IAF initiates purchase of 126 Mirage 2000-5s from France
2005 UPA scraps deal, relaunches global bid for MMRCAs; Rafale selected in 2012, deal not signed. Tender scrapped in 2016 after India buys 36 Rafales off the shelf
2016 IAF launches fresh bid for single-engined fighters. Contest between Sweden’s Gripen and US F-16 scuttled by MoD, which wants a bigger playing field
April 6, 2018 IAF issues global RFI for 110 fighter aircraft worth approximately Rs 1.15 lakh crore ( $20 billion)