Monday, December 28, 2015

India to buy 36 Rafales from France

Dassault, which manufactures the Rafale, had earlier been selected the lowest financial bidder in the MMRCA process, but as the protracted contract negotiations made no headway. India had decided — during Mr Modi’s visit to France — to acquire 36 Rafales by a separate process. In a reply to Parliament, Mr Parrikar had said: “As per the India-France joint statement issued by the two countries during the Prime Minister’s visit to France, the Government of India conveyed to the Government of France that in view of the critical operational necessity for Multi-role Combat Aircraft for IAF, India would like to acquire (36) Rafale jets in flyaway condition as quickly as possible. The two leaders agreed to conclude an inter-governmental agreement for supply of the aircraft on terms that would be better than conveyed by Dassault Aviation as part of a separate process underway, the delivery would be in timeframe that would be compatible with the operational requirement of the IAF; and that the aircraft and associated systems and weapons would be delivered on same configuration as had been tested and approved by the IAF.”
27/12/15 The Asian Age
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