The basic argument that Rafale was simply cheaper than Typhoon is interesting but without sounding too churlish, this is rather surprising, but reflective of the simple fact that for Dassault, the Indian competition was the last chance saloon.
We have discussed the numerous issues around the Rafale win but if it is as simple as price then the Eurofighter partners should simply reflect on the fact that it has been beaten by a worthy opponent, have some dignity and let the Indians bleed Dassault dry during the final negotiations over the next 6 or 7 months.
Volumes are one thing, sustaining a supply chain is another but actually making any money is entirely another!
Given that the only 18 Rafales will be built in France and therefore a likely number in Europe if the Typhoon had won perhaps it is not that big a loss. Typhoon still has a reasonably good chance of securing orders in Saudi Arabia and although the UAE deal might be a little shakier than it was before the Indian decision there is also Malaysia to consider. None of these of course add up to the Indian deal and we must also not forget the Brazilian competition which must now be seen as at least shifting towards Rafale.
With BAE and Dassault moving towards a collaborative project on a MALE UAV the big loser is EADS/Cassidian.
BAE also have the F35
There seems very little appetite to put development money into Typhoon for the AESA, weapons integration, conformal fuel tanks and thrust vectoring so how does the lack of another large export customer affect this development path?
Rafale’s future looks bright, what of Typhoon?