France’s Dassault Aviation will require an order of 200 Rafale fighter jets to transfer technology to India, its CEO Eric Trappier said during the Aero India show.
An order of 200 jet would be ‘ideal’ to transfer high-technology associated with the Rafale program ‘at a competitive level,’ Trappier told Indian journalists. We would like to continue beyond the 36 aircraft order to meet the projected needs of the air force and navy for 200 jets, he said.
Dassault has won a 36 aircraft order from the Indian MoD with the Rafale aircraft to be delivered in a fly-away condition starting 2018. As part of the offsets associated with this project, France and Dassault are holding discussions to assist India in the advanced medium combat aircraft (AMCA).
Tappier asserted that his company would bid for the Indian Navy’s carrier-based fighter requirement, a request for information (RFI) for which has been sent out to fighter jet manufacturers in Western Europe, Russia and the US.
He said, having one aircraft fulfil needs of both the Indian Air Force(IAF) and the Navy would bring economies of scale. The Rafale already has dedicated versions for both air force and navy with a high degree of commonality.
India has sought interest from foreign manufacturers for manufacturing both single engine and twin engine fighter jets under the ‘Make in India’ program. The idea is to meet the requirements of the IAF as well as exports.
Meanwhile Dassault and India’s Reliance group announced the launch of a joint venture, Dassault Reliance Aerospace Limited to execute offsets associated with the Rafale project which calls for 50% of the value of the aircraft ($4.5 billion approx) to be invested in India.
The serviceability rate of the Dassault Rafale fighter jet in service with the French Air Force is 48.5%, according to information given to a French lawmaker by the government
The deliveries of Dassault Rafale fighter jets India ordered will commence from September 2019. An Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) along with Aircraft & Weapons Package Supply Protocols and Technical Arrangement were signed with the French Government on 23rd September, 2016 for procurement of 36 Rafale aircraft in fly-away condition
Malaysia will either order Dassault Rafale or Eurofighter Typhoon fighters for its new multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA) program to replace its Russian Mikoyan MiG-29 fighters. “By the year 2020 we have to make a decision on the [purchase of the] MRCAs
The amount earmarked in the Indian defense budget for the new purchases is so low that it is sufficient only for the 36 Rafale fighter deal alone. The government will have to increase the defense bidget midway through this financial year to pay for new orders, domestic brokerage ICICI Securities said on Tuesday
The French Dassault which clinched the biggest export deal with India for its Rafale fighter jet, is not in the running for now to manufacture the same fighters under the ‘Make In India Program. The IAF has received “unsolicited offers” from Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Saab for building their fighters in India - the F-16 Block 70, F/A-18 Super Hornet and the Gripen E respectively, the Chief of the Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said during the course of a press conference in New Delhi yesterday
Dassault plans to deliver 45 Falcon and nine Rafale fighter jets in 2017 and expects to increase 2017 net sales given the Rafale export net sales. Of the nine Rafales, one will be delivered to France and the rest to Egypt, Dassault mentioned as part of the forecast in the financial press statement released Wednesday
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