Parliament’s Standing Committee on Defence reveals in a new report released on Thursday that the United States has been India’s biggest supplier of weapons platforms over the past three years.
IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said the recently signed contract for 36 fighters was better than other such deals and offers that India received.The 7.878 billion Euros (Rs 59,000 crore) deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets was signed on September 23. The new planes will give a big boost to IAF’s defence and strike power.
By All Yardsticks, Rafale Deal Is One Of The Best Pacts Negotiated By India So Far. Experts say that the 36 Rafale jets coming fitted with Meteors and Scalp will shake up Pakistan Air Force hugely and PLAAF (air warfare branch of China) to a fair extent.
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.
France has offered to help India revive the unsuccessful Kaveri engine project for indigenous Tejas aircraft and a host of other high-end collaborations as part of the offsets in the 7.87 billion euro Rafale fighter plane deal. The deal comes with a 50 per cent
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.
The much anticipated contract for 36 Rafale fighter jets is likely to be sealed soon as both the countries have finalised the details for the deal which will cost about Euro 7.87 billion. Government sources said the cost, offsets and service details have been finalised and the work is being done on the Inter Governmental Agreement for the deal.
The Rafale fighter jet deal negotiations, which have seen aggressive bargaining by the Indian side, has taken another turn
Union defence minister Manohar Parrikar will be in Singapore starting tomorrow to take part in the crucial Shangri-La Dialogue
The government is looking at concluding the much-hyped multi billion Euro Rafale deal next month, more than a year