Defence Sector – DPP, Missions, Schemes, Security Forces, etc.

Talks on for Rafale pact

Officials say the final deal is unlikely to be concluded during French President Francois Hollande’s India visit due to differences over pricing.

  1. With French President François Hollande scheduled to arrive in India on January 24 as the chief guest for the Republic Day parade.
  2. India and France are holding hectic discussions to conclude the government-to-government (G-to-G) agreement for the direct purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets.
  3. Efforts are on to reduce the price by 20 per cent.
  4. In comparison, a Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft which India is assembling through technology transfer from Russia costs less than half, raising questions on the cost.

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