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08:51 AM, January 28, 2017
Indian Regulator Approves Reliance-Dassault Joint Venture
At 50%, India's Rafale deal's offset contract is India's largest ever

Fair trade regulator, Competition Commission (CCI) today approved the proposed joint venture between Indian Reliance Aerostructure and French Dassault Aviation. 

The proposed combination relates to the setting up of a joint venture between Reliance Aero and Dassault -- Dassault Reliance Aerospace Limited, in which Reliance Aero would hold 51 per cent shares, with the remaining 49 per cent to be held by Dassault.

CCI said in a tweet Friday that it has approved setting up of this JV. Deals beyond a certain threshold require approval from CCI, which keeps a tab on unfair business practices across sectors. 

The JV, which was announced by the two companies in October last year, aims to be a "key player" in execution of offset contract worth about Rs 22,000 crore as part of the multi-billion euro Rafale fighter jet deal between India and France. 

The strategic partnership between Dassault and Reliance will also focus on promoting research and development projects under the IDDM programme (Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured), a key initiative of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar

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