Dec 3, 2014
India and France to fast-track Rafale deal
The decision came during discussions between visiting French Defence Minister and his Indian counterpart. Both sides also decided to expand strategic cooperation.
Negotiations have been going on since 2012 when India selected Dassault Rafale from among competing medium multi-role combat aircraft. Differences cropped up between the two sides on delivery guarantees and price.
The tender stipulates that the first 18 jets should come in “fly-away” condition from France, while the remaining 108 will be manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) in India over seven years with Transfer of Technology.
Dassault has refused to give delivery guarantees for HAL-made aircraft, which the Air Force is insisting on.