NEW DELHI (AFP) - India on Friday opened rival bids from France's Dassault and the Eurofighter consortium, which are competing over an estimated $12 billion contract to provide 126 fighter jets. The deal to supply war planes to fast-developing India has been fiercely fought over for four years, and the unveiling of the bids started the final phase of the decision-making process. "The bids were opened today with the contract negotiating committee and vendor representatives present to examine and evaluate the proposals to determine the lowest bidder," defence ministry spokesman Sitanshu Kar said. An official said that it could be some weeks before the successful bid is announced.