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What does Rafale deal mean for India?

by TIMES NOW 21:38 mins

What does Rafale deal mean for India?

by TIMES NOW 21:38 mins

France is likely to divert its own military's production order for Rafale fighter jets to meet India's "urgent" requirement for 36 warplanes. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande had last week agreed to conclude an Inter-Governmental Agreement for supply of the aircraft on termsthat would be better than conveyed by Dassault Aviation for the 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) tender. The delivery would be in time-frame that would be compatible with the operational requirement of IAF, and the aircraft and associated systems and weapons would be deliveredon the same configuration as had been tested and approved by IAF, and with a longer maintenance responsibility by France, a joint statement had said.Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said that the 36 fighter planes would be inducted in the next two years. Parrikar has said all future negotiations for purchase of French Rafale fighters would be through government to government route. He said futher negotiation will decide if India goes in for more Rafale jets and if so, how many more. Parrikar has insisted that the deal for 36 Rafale jets does not mean that 'Make in Indian' programme has been set aside.He said everything will depend on the quantum of the jets that India would eventually be interested in, besides the 36 and the terms and conditions agreed to once the negotiations start. Under the original deal, 18 were to be bought off the shelf while 108 were to be manufactured by state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The IAF has been banking on the Rafale, the indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft 'Tejas' and the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft deal with Russia, but all the three are running behind schedule.

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