Jan 7, 2013
India refused Dassault’s request to modify HAL’s workload on Rafale
India has snubbed French firm Dassault Aviation, the winner of its ` 1 lakh-crore combat planes deal, over the plea to let it decide on the Indian partner’s work share in the contract.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has not only rejected Dassault’s demand to decide on the quantum of work of the government-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in the Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) contract, but also waved the tender document at the French firm to make known that it did not provide the winning foreign firm such powers. The tender, also called the Request for Proposals or RfP in Defence parlance, had clearly laid down the parametres under which the contract for the 126 aircraft would be awarded to the winning firm.