Ahead of the conclusion of the financial negotiations in the MMRCA deal, Dassault has pulled out all stops in raising its sales pitch to the Indian government.
Showcasing its full might, the Rafale is participating for the first time in the Garuda V exercises against the Indian Air Force’s Su-30s.
“The Rafale is like a Swiss knife — it can do everything,” said France’s ambassador Francois Richier told reporters.
Adding to the sales pitch will be France’s foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, who is scheduled to visit New Delhi later this month to also seek to push a wide array of business deals with the Narendra Modi government, including the contract for the 126 Rafale aircraft.
According to local media reports, the final commercial negotiations are expected to be wrapped up within the next three months.
"With offsets, work-share, warranty, liquidity damages and other issues resolved, the CNC (contract negotiation committee) now has to settle the final costs before the draft contract can be readied for the government's final approval," sources told the Times of India.
The report also said that the work of three subcommittees dealing with technical maintenance (IAF will fly the fighters for 40 years), offsets (Dassault will have to plough back 50% of the contract value back into India) and transfer of technology (ToT) has now been completed.
India can expect to receive the first 18 jets from mid-2016 if Dassault and New Delhi sign the deal in the next few months. The remaining 108 aircraft will be built by HAL which will begin rolling out the jets from 2018 onwards. HAL will initially deliver six jets per year, which will go up to 20 per year later.
Meanwhile, French Air Force pilots shared with Indian fighter pilots at the Jodhpur air force station their experience in Operation Harmattan, the air strikes against Muammar Gaddafi in Libya in 2011, and Op Mountezouma against militants in the African country Mali in 2012.
The Rafale fighter detachment stationed at the tactical air base in Malbork, Poland was relieved by Mirage 2000 fighters, according to the French Air Force. The relief force consists of two Mirage 2000-5 from Luxeuil Air Base and two Mirage 2000Cs from Orange air base
The French navys Flotille 11F combat aviation squadron, based at Landivisiau, has taken delivery of its first Tranche 4 Rafale Marine, designated Rafale M40. This aircraft is the first to be equipped with systems and equipment that substantially improve its combat capabilities as well as its air defense missions for the protection of national airspace
Qatar could intensify its interest in procuring Rafale jets when its new Emir, Sheikh Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani visits Paris on June 23, the La Tribune financial website reported on Wednesday. La Tribune, citing various sources, said that the Emir might announce during his visit that Qatar had opted for the Rafale and would open exclusive talks with Dassault Aviation
The Indian Air Forces Su-30MKIs and the French Rafale fighters will come together for a ten-day air exercise called the 'Garuda-5', aimed at training the pilots and crew of Indian and French fighters in air superiority operation in Rajasthan's Jodhpur airbase from June 3. The French composition for the Garuda- 5 will include four Rafale multi-role fighter aircraft and one air-refueler aircraft with more than 100 personnel
The Dassault Rafale, winner of the Indian MMRCA deal, can “easily” meet all the requirements of Qatars defence needs for the present and the future, a top Dassault Aviation (DA) official said recently. Benoît Dussaugey, DAs senior executive vice-president (international), told Gulf Times that the French company was in the race to win the multi-billion dollar contract for new fighter jets for Qatars Emiri Air Force and was “very confident” of its chances given the “excellent capability” of its aircraft
India has finally sealed a work share agreement with the French-firm Dassault Aviation for building 70 per cent of the Rafale fighters domestically, according to New Delhi Television. India will acquire 18 of the 126 Rafale fighter jets it is buying from France in "fly away" condition, and the rest will be manufactured by the local firm Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)
A French delegation is likely to visit India again this month to discuss about the much-delayed multi-billion dollar contract on 126 Rafale fighter aircraft, as India is considering buying more Russian Su-30MKI warplanes in case the deal falls through. Recalling his discussions with his French counterpart last month, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said talks are on over the deal
In his first meeting with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar raised the MMRCA deal with Dassault and said it would be "resolved in a fast-tracked manner". This is the second visit to India by the French defense minister in the past six months and the first since Manohar Parrikar became the defense minister
With no end in sight for the negotiations between the Indian MoD and Dassault over the purchase of the Rafale fighter, Rosoboronexport and Eurofighter have offered price drops to swing the deal their way. Some official word was expected from the Indian MoD about the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) during the last meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council
French Rafale fighter jets carried out air strikes on Islamic State (ISIS) targets Friday, according to media reports. Rafale fighter jets accompanied by support planes struck the depot in northern Iraq on Friday morning, and it were “entirely destroyed,” President Francois Hollande was reported as saying
The $22 billion fighter aircraft deal between India and Dassault is close to being inked, Indian Air Force Chief (IAF) Arup Raha said Wednesday. Raha said a deadline for finalization of the deal had not been set but added "it`s going to happen soon"
Indias long-awaited MMRCA project with Dassault could be affected in the wake of New Delhis decision to stay all future projects with Finmeccanica, its subsidiaries and affiliates. Finmeccanica holds a 25 per cent share in MBDA, a joint venture with EADS (now Airbus) and BAE Systems, which is pitching its Meteor air-to-air missile to India as a weapon for its planned fleet of 126 Rafale fighters
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