POLITICS
01/02/2012 07:55 GMT | Updated 01/02/2012 08:03 GMT

David Cameron's 'Disappointment' On BAE Systems' Failed Bid For Indian Fighter Jets

David Cameron expressed "disappointment" today that a French firm had beaten BAE Systems to become preferred bidder for a major fighter plane contract with India.

But the prime minister insisted a final decision had not been taken, and he would do "everything" to help the defence giant win the business.

Despite unions voicing fears, Cameron also said no job losses were expected as a result of the development.

BAE has been hoping to partly assemble 126 Eurofighter Typhoon jets at Warton and Samlesbury in Lancashire for the Indian air force.

India's government has signalled that French firm Dassault put in a lower bid for its Rafale jets, although no formal statement has been made.

The French made Rafale jets: "much cheaper unit-wise" according to the Indian government

Sources at BAE said it was "far from a done deal" and no contract has been awarded to Dassault.

The Eurofighter Typhoon