DefenseNews.com, the website of the Defense News Media Group, reports that Rolls-Royce has pulled out of the contest to re-engine the Indian Air Force's Jaguar strike aircraft.
Quoting industry sources at the Aero India show, the publication said the British engine maker had decided not to respond after seeing the terms of a recently released request for proposals from the IAF.
Considering the size of the Rolls-Royce exhibition stall at Aero India, and especially compared to that of its competitor in the contract Honeywell, the information sounds credible. DefenseNews also noted that Honeywell's stand was dominated by the F-125 engine and a model of the Indian Jaguar, while the Rolls-Royce exhibit "failed to find room for a single mention of the aircraft program".
"Technical and commercial offers are due to be returned to the Indian Air Force at the end of this month to re-engine an aircraft that has become overweight and underpowered since its introduction in India in 1979," the publication said.
This could mean that the prized contract will go to Honeywell, which has a big presence in India already.