India’s $20 billion medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) project for 126 Rafale fighters that is reportedly stalled in the final stages will be the crux of discussions when French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian calls on his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar on his three day visit to New Delhi next week.
There hasn’t been much progress in the stalled MMRCA deal for the last one year. This is the second visit by the French defense minister in the past six months and the first since Manohar Parrikar became the defense minister.
The major disagreement is Dassault’s reluctance to accept responsibility for the 108 aircrafts that are to be built by Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) regarding the price and work sharing. This has been a major reason for stalling the finalization of the project for several months now.
Incidentally, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius had met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and then Defence Minister Arun Jaitley in June and had pushed for early purchase of Rafale combat jet planes.
Fabius had said France hopes that with the new government, which was keen on efficiency, the implementation of the decision will be swift and had expressed confidence of a "positive outcome" to the ongoing negotiations in the deal.
Asserting that there was a difference for "some time" and "too long", Fabius had said that Rafale meets all the requirements of India, including cutting-edge technology and highest quality.
The Indian MMRCA deal with Dassault is expected to be concluded by the end of this fiscal year, according to Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier. The final phase of exclusive negotiations on the contract, estimated at $15 billion, should conclude within India's current budget year ending in March 2015, Trappier told reporters in Paris, according to local media
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India wants closure on the MMRCA deal to buy 126 Dassault Rafale fighters before Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits France and Germany in April. The deal is struck over price and performance guarantee issues which the Indian MOD claims is not in compliance with the original Request for Proposals (RFP) based on which the French company was selected as the lowest bidder
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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
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