13 Apr '15, 2pm
#Modi announces #Rafale buy #RafaleDeal
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that Delhi will buy 36 Dassault Rafales from France The surprise announcement bypasses stalled negotiations between the two countries on India's MMRCA requirement India is to buy 36 Dassault Rafale fighters in flyaway condition through an Inter Governmental Agreement (IGA) with France, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in Paris on 10 April. This is double the 18 Rafales India had originally planned to buy as part of the stalled deal for 126 aircraft that Dassault has been in talks with the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) about since January 2012. The remaining 108 Rafales were to be licence-built by India's state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Air Force (IAF) to meet its long-delayed Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) requirement. "Keeping in view the critical operational necessity of ...