Only financials remain in Rafale deal: Modi

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said only the financial details needed to be worked out in finalising the much-awaited purchase of Rafale fighter aircraft from France, adding this, too, would conclude soon.

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Modi had announced India’s intention to purchase 36 Rafale medium multi-role combat aircraft of French aerospace major Dassault during his visit to Paris last year. The value of the deal is expected at around Rs.60,000 crore.

“Only financial aspects of the Rafale deal is left. The inter-governmental agreement has been finalised. It will be done soon,” the prime minister said in his statement after delegation level talks with French President Francois Hollande here.

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  1. Buying Rafale fighter aircrafts from France for induction into the IAF is good, as it will give India’s air strength a tremendous boost. However, India cannot afford to overly rely on imports and most arms and ammunitions should be manufactured in the country itself.

    Has India worked out a strategy to deal with Pakistan’s nuclear threat. They appear to be manufacturing nuclear missiles like sausages and are deploying them to hit different targets in India in the event of war.

    Pakistan may not necessarily be in any position to handle India conventionally, but they have nucclear weapons

  2. Dear readers,

    The bidding process undertaken during the Congress government entailed that only 18 Rafale aircraft would be purchased in flyaway condition. Remaining 108 aircraft would be manufactured under ‘Transfer of Technology Agreement’ by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.This would have ensured ‘Make-in-India’ by creation of thousands of jobs and transfer of crucial cutting-edge technology.

    The ‘Make-in-India’ programme was just a hollow slogan,while the Modi government has gone ahead with mega shows and “event management theatrics”, it has taken no concrete steps to address the challenges of building global competitiveness in manufacturing.

    Why was HAL kept out of the government-to-government agreement despite the fact that the state-owned company has assembly lines in view of its old collaboration with France on the Mirage deal.

    What about technology transfer? Unless there is tech transfer, where is ‘Made in India’?”Will it be manufactured by HAL or some unnamed but known private manufacturer?”.

    All homework is done by previous UPA government.Prime Minister Narendra Modi is right only the financial details needed to be worked out in finalising the much-awaited purchase of Rafale fighter.Which only left NDA to fix the commison out of the deal. ‘Make-In-India’ now is ‘Make-In-France’.

    Jai Hind

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