The Indian Navy’s January 17 Request For Information for the procurement of 57 naval fighters could be worth US$12 billion for the selected foreign supplier. India needs the fighter jets for its second aircraft carrier being locally built at the Cochin shipyard. The carrier along with the existing INS Vikramaditya which houses only MiG-29 K fighters are expected to be the bulwark of the Indian Navy’s force projection. The price of the contract has been estimated on the cost of each carrier borne jet at around US$200 million each if it were a western fighter or under US$100 million if it were to be a Russian jet. The likely contenders for the contract can be Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet, F-35C Carrier Based Fighter jet a naval version of the Dassault Rafale, Russian Su-33 that were used in the recent Syrian operations and another Russian- carrier based fighter, the MiG-29K Fulcrum fighter jet. India operates a total of sixteen MiG-29Ks from the carrier INS Vikramaditya and the navy is expected to take deliveries of all 45 MiG-29K fighters, by the end of this year. Saab has earlier offered its Sea Gripen, the naval version of Gripen NG to India. The Sea Gripen is intended for both CATOBAR and STOBAR aircraft carriers. Sea Gripen is the only aircraft that fits with the intended Request For Information’s terms The selection of the aircraft will depend on what launch system will be used aboard the new carries currently under construction.