With the deal for 36 Rafale jets in kitty, Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier today said the French company is game for the ‘Make in India’ initiative and open to manufacturing the fighter aircraft in India if the plane is shortlisted for a bigger order
Rafale is an exceptional fighter and has everything to qualify as fifth generation aircraft minus the stealth. Its radar and BVR capabilities are the best in the world (so experts call it a 4.5 generation). Rafale was chosen after lot of indepth studies and testing by the IAF that included Swedish Grippen, American F16 and F18, Russian MiG35, Eurofighter Typhoon and French Rafale.
If India has not bought a single piece of artillery for over 28 years, the story is as dismal for the fleet of combat jets. No new fighter planes have been procured by the Indian Air Force (IAF) since the beginning of this century. That long wait for a new fighter plane to replace the ageing Mig-21s and beef up the depleting combat fleet, about to get over on Friday
An India ministerial panel is said to have approved the purchase of 36 new fighter jets made by France’s Dassault Aviation SA, concluding a major step in its decade-long quest to modernize the country’s air force.
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Anil Ambani promoted Reliance Defence and Engineering Limited (RDEL) has emerged a winner in a competitive bidding process to build 14 Fast Patrol Vessels( FPVs); contract value of Rs. 920 Crores.
French Defence Minister Jean Yves Le Drian is set to arrive here on September 22 along with CEOs of Dassault Aviation, Thales and MBDA to seal the 7.87 billion Euros deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets.
As India gets into the final stages of sealing the agreement with France for the 36 Rafale fighters, sources said IAFs Rafale will come equipped with the Meteor, arguably the worlds most advanced air to air missile.The Meteors are designed to knock out Enemy aircrafts and cruise missiles more than 100 kms away.The move is seen as a game changer for India as neither China nor Pak possess a weapon of this class
Another big defence corruption probe is set to hit India. This time it’s a joint US Brazil investigation into bribery charges against Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer that has now been expanded to include the sales made to India. While Embraer has also sold VVIP executive jets to the Indian Air Force, the deal likely to come under probe is a $210-million contract inked in 2008 with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for a project to develop a new range of early warning and control aircraft
A series of donations worth Rs 21 crore by a French arms company — the key weapons provider to Scorpene submarine and Rafale jets — to an Indian NGO have come under the scanner after income-tax raids on a New Delhi-based consultant in June. The donations, earmarked for mobile medical units in Punjab and Rajasthan, were apparently
India’s chief of Army Staff, Gen Dalbir Singh on Wednesday launched the Army Design Bureau (ADB), the interface of the Indian Army that will provide a better understanding of the Army’s requirements to the academia, research organisations and the industry for developing high tech defence products. Gen Singh said the setting up of ADB comes in the wake of rapid changes in technology and consequent changes in war fighting techniques that requires the ultimate user—the Indian Army to be constantly involved at every stage from conceptualisation to design to development trails and production to sustenance.