India says it is still negotiating with France’s Dassault on the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) program.

“The proposal will be considered further after the Contract Negotiations Committee concludes its deliberations and submits its report,” Defense Minister A.K. Antony said in parliament Aug. 8.

Dassault is expected to sign the Indian air force’s biggest-ever contract, worth more than $15 billion, to supply 126 Rafale fighters. India intends to induct the first squadron of 18 MMRCAs into its air force by 2016.

The first squadron will be purchased in fly-away condition. The remaining 108 aircraft will be manufactured under license by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., and are expected to be inducted over the following seven years, according to the defense minister.

The air force is in the process of inducting additional Sukhoi Su-30MKIs, Tejas Light Combat Aircraft, Medium-Lift Helicopters and Advanced Light Helicopters, as well as C-130J and C-17 transports, to augment its fleet.