Talks on Rafale aircraft deal 'put on fast track', says French Ambassador

Abhishek Law Kolkata | Updated on March 12, 2018

Discussions on the transfer of Rafale fighter jets from France to India have made "good progress'' and are "put on fast track'', the Ambassador of France to India, Francois Richier, has said.

According to him, discussions had started in early 2012 and have taken three years due to the "importance and complexity" of the deal.

"We have decided to finish the negotiations quickly. To complete that, there is no date fixed but conclusion of negotiations is on the fast track,” the Ambassador said, while adressing a media conference late yesterday evening.

India, had in early 2012, entered into a multi-billion dollar contract for the supply of 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft for Indian Air Force from France-based Dassault Aviation.

The first set of 18 fighter jets were supposed to be delivered (by France) within 36 months of the contract being signed and the remaining 108 was said to be manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) in India over the next seven years with the transfer of technology.

Published on December 18, 2014

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