Friday, November 17, 2017

IAF chief says Rafale fighter jet deal is better, no overpricing involved

Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, who is the latest to have joined the Rafale fighter jets controversy, said on Thursday that there was "no overpricing" in the Rafale purchase as the government had "negotiated a very good" deal with French company Dassault Aviation.
Indian Air Force's take on the French fighter jets deal comes two days after Congress on Tuesday alleged that the government had caused the public exchequer an "insurmountable loss" by signing the deal for 36 Rafale aircraft from France, for which the French firm is charging three times more than the cost that was fixed by the UPA government in 2012.
The Opposition party had claimed that the aircraft will cost India Rs 58,000 crore (7.8 billion Euros).'
17/11/17 Sriparna Ghosh/IBTimes