Dassault Aviation, the maker of Rafale fighter jets, said on Wednesday night that it had “freely chosen to make a partnership with India’s Reliance Group”.
The Rafale-maker’s clarification came in response to a French media website claim that Dassault Aviation was presented with no option + but to tie up with Anil Ambani-led Reliance Defence as the main offsets partner in the Rs 59,000-crore contract for 36 jets.
“Within the framework of the September 2016 Inter-Government Agreement between France and India, Dassault Aviation has sold 36 Rafale aircraft to India.
In compliance with the Indian regulations (Defence Procurement Procedure) and as frequent with such a contract, Dassault Aviation has committed to offsets in India worth 50% of the value of the purchase. Read more