India’s announced intention to purchase just 36 Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft represents a renewed opportunity for the Eurofighter Typhoon in India, the head of the UK’s defence export support organisation believes.

Speaking at the Paris Air Show, Stephen Phipson, head of UK Trade and Investment’s Defence Support Organisation (UKTI DSO), was keen to talk up Eurofighter’s continuing chances on the export market, despite a recent run of wins for the Rafale.

“India has a large requirement there,” he said. “They’ve made their first selection of a very limited number of Rafales compared to the initial requirement for 126 fast jets. So our belief, and I was in India all of last week talking with them, is that the competition is still open with what they do with their second and maybe even third tranche of fast jets in India.” […]