Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Rafale deal: Dassault reaffirms intention to produce jets

Even as two Members of Parliament gave an adjournment motion notice in the Lok Sabha on Monday over the Centre’s decision to buy 36 Rafale jets from French company Dassault Aviation, the combat aircraft maker has backed the Indian government's ‘Make in India’ proposition in its first-ever statement over the controversial deal.

While welcoming the Supreme Court verdict on the deal, which dismissed all petitions, the company, on December 14, reaffirmed its full commitment to India.

“Dassault Aviation will ensure successful production in the country, through the Dassault Reliance joint venture in Nagpur, as well as through a full-fledged supply chain network involving 30 (other) companies, with which Dassault Aviation has signed contracts,” it said, adding that the French company is in dialogue with an additional 60 companies to join its supply chain network.
The Rafale contract signed on September 23, 2016, is in the form of an Inter-Governmental Agreement between India and France, the company said.
The estimated cost of the deal is ₹58,000 crore. The Rafale fighter is a twin-engine Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA).
17/12/18  Business Line
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