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France offers India 36 Rafale fighter jets for IAF

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian had met with his counterpart Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday ollowing which the two sides decided to form special teams that will work in a time-bound manner to conclude negotiations.

May 08, 2015 / 02:34 PM IST

France is offering India 36 Rafale fighter jets in fly-away condition at the same price which it pays to French defence major Dassault Aviation to equip its own air force, defence sources said.


They added that this means that the cost per aircraft will be much lower than the price that was being worked out under the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) tender, which also involved transfer of technology. "The price of the aircraft for India will be the same as the price at which it is sold to the French air force.


This was the case during the deal for Mirage fighters too," sources said. They added that the final pricing will depend on the specific requirements that India seeks from France and how the negotiation goes forward.


The said offer is in keeping with the joint statement issued during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to France where he announced the intention to buy 36 Rafales off the shelf.


"The two leaders (Modi, French President) agreed to conclude an inter-governmental agreement for supply of the aircraft on terms that would be better than what is conveyed by Dassault Aviation as part of a separate process underway," the statement had said. The "separate process" was the MMRCA tender which had been stuck for years over pricing and other issues.

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French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian had met with his counterpart Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday ollowing which the two sides decided to form special teams that will work in a time-bound manner to conclude negotiations.


Defence sources said the teams will work out the finer details of the deal, including the pricing. They also questioned the possibility whether the deal may have an offset clause, saying it would be difficult if the pricing for Indian aircraft remains the same as that for the French air force. 

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