Rafale

  • Defence Minister Jaitley briefed on IAF's operational preparedness June 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Defence Minister Arun Jaitley was on Friday briefed by the Air Force on its operational preparedness and its immediate requirements such as 126 Rafale combat aircraft for carrying out its assigned tasks. The presentation was made by the top IAF brass to the Defence Minister at the Air...
  • India to finalise Rafale deal by March: IAF official October 17, 2013

    India will finalise a $15 billion deal to buy 126 Rafale fighter jets from France's Dassault Aviation by March 2014, an Indian air force official said on Thursday, after the deal had been held up by differences over local manufacturing. New Delhi picked the Rafale for exclusive negotiations in January 2012...
  • Govt's Rs 1500 crore Rafale deal faces delays April 5, 2013

    New Delhi: India's plan to buy 126 fighter-jets from Dassault Aviation could be delayed as the two sides struggle to reach an agreement over the role of state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), two sources familiar with the matter said. India picked the Dassault-made Rafale jet for exclusive negotiations in January...
  • No plan to reconsider Rafale deal, says Antony February 19, 2013

    New Delhi: Defence Minister AK Antony said on Tuesday it was "too early" to consider the possibility of foul play in a planned $10 billion deal with France's Dassault Aviation for Rafale war planes. India has threatened to scrap a $750 million deal for a dozen AgustaWestland helicopters after Italian...
  • 'Chopper deal middleman involved in earlier defence deals in India' February 15, 2013

    New Delhi: A new angle has now been uncovered in the AgustaWestland chopper deal. CNN-IBN has accessed French court documents which reveal that Christian Michel, the man accused of taking 60 per cent of kickbacks in the AgustaWestland 101 helicopter deal, was involved in earlier defence deals in India too. The...
  • India, France review 'major' defence deal: PM February 14, 2013

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Thursday that India and France reviewed 'major' deal for fighter jets and nuclear reactors during French President Francoi Hollande's first day in the country. Hollande is hoping to seal a multi-billion dollar contract with India on Rafale fighter jets during the trip....
  • Rafale talks between India, France brighten: officials February 14, 2013

    New Delhi: India and France are speeding up negotiations on a $10 billion deal for 126 Rafale aircraft following months of delays because of disagreements over the cost of building them in India, two Indian Defence Ministry officials said. India started exclusive talks with French Dassault Aviation's Rafale for a...
  • Hollande may seal Rafale deal during India trip February 14, 2013

    New Delhi: French President Francois Hollande, who arrived in New Delhi on Thursday to begin his two-day trip, will hope to seal a multi-billion dollar contract with India on Rafale fighter jets. President Pranab Mukherjee hosted a ceremonial reception for Hollande at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. "It is a great honour for...
  • Francois Hollande on two-day visit to India February 14, 2013

    New Delhi: French President Francois Hollande is on a two-day visit to India and is expected to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday. This is Hollande's first visit to an Asian country. The two countries will hope to pave way for important trade deals and discuss crucial issues. On agenda...
  • Rafale deal not to be inked during visit of French President February 11, 2013

    New Delhi: Enhancing cooperation in the key areas of defence, nuclear energy, counter-terrorism and trade will be focus of French President Francois Hollande's first visit to New Delhi but $ 10-billion deal for Rafale fighter aircraft will not be inked during his two-day stay starting Thursday. Hollande, who will be on...
  • France upbeat on prospects of Rafale deal with India February 11, 2013

    Paris: French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on February 11 that talks with India to finalise the purchase of French Rafale war planes were looking up. India chose Dassault Aviation's Rafale for exclusive negotiations over a year ago to supply 126 aircraft in a deal potentially worth $10 billion. However, both...
  • Indian armed forces' plans on hold ahead of defence budget February 1, 2013

    New Delhi: The armed forces may have to trim some of their ambitious weapons procurement plans after indications that the defence budget could be cut by around four to five per cent if not more, as part of Finance Minister P Chidambaram's plans to lower the deficit. This could delay the...
  • India working on details as Rafale jet deal inches closer January 10, 2013

    Paris: India is ironing out contract details on a purchase of French Rafale fighter jets that has been under negotiation over the past year, Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said during a visit to Paris on Thursday, suggesting that a deal could be close. India chose Dassault Aviation's Rafale for a possible...
  • Govt all set to procure 126 French fighter jets August 27, 2012

    New Delhi: Addressing questions raised over the process of selecting Rafale fighter planes, Government is going ahead with the procurement of 126 French combat aircraft and effort is being made to complete the deal within this financial year. Contract negotiations for the multi-billion dollar deal will resume soon, Government sources...
  • Govt to procure 126 French Rafale combat jets August 26, 2012

    New Delhi: Addressing questions raised over the process of selecting Rafale fighter planes, the government is going ahead with the procurement of 126 French combat aircraft and effort is being made to complete the deal within this financial year. Contract negotiations for the multi-billion dollar deal will resume soon, government sources...
  • Russia hints India could refloat MMRCA tender August 22, 2012

    New Delhi: A senior Russian official has hinted that India could cancel the results of the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) tender and refloat it. A report in the The Hindu newspaper quoted Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Vyacheslav Dzirkaln as saying that India and France had failed to reach agreement on...
  • Rafale fighter selection for IAF final: Pallam Raju March 3, 2012

    Bangalore: Selection of French fighter Rafale as the multi-role medium combat aircraft (MMRCA) for the Indian Air Force (IAF) was final and the price negotiations were under way, Minister of State for Defence MM Pallam Raju said on Friday. "The decision to purchase Rafale is final and we are in the...
  • BAE may cut price of Eurofighter to secure deal February 8, 2012

    London: The UK-based defence major BAE Systems is considering lowering the price of its Eurofighter Typhoon to win back the $ 11 billion Indian contract for 126 combat jets from France's Dassault Rafale. Quoting BAE's Chief Executive Ian King, the Daily Telegraph said the company was considering a range of options...
  • Govt approves IAF's MMRCA offset proposals October 7, 2011

    New Delhi: Defence Ministry on Friday cleared the way for opening the commercial bids of two shortlisted vendors in the multi-billion dollar combat aircraft deal by approving their offset proposals here. After the bids are opened, the Defence Ministry will be able to determine the lowest bidder in the deal for...
  • India, Germany to hold inter-govt consultations May 31, 2011

    New Delhi: India and Germany will hold their first inter-governmental consultations at the cabinet-level on Tuesday. German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be in New Delhi for a day. Her main focus would be to make a strong push for the Eurofighter. Germany and France are both eyeing that coveted deal with...
  • IAF set to seal $ 10 bn combat aircraft deal April 5, 2011

    New Delhi: The Eurofighter Typhoon is in combat for the first time over Libya and the Indian Air Force is watching with deep interest. The aircraft is one of six competing for the medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) tender. And recent reports give the Eurofighter and the French Rafale the...
  • France firm out of $10 bn India fighter jet deal April 17, 2009

    New Delhi: France's Dassault Aviation is out of the running for a $10 billion contract to supply India with 126 fighter jets, an Indian defence ministry spokesman said on Thursday, but Dassault said it was unaware of the decision. "(Dassault's) Rafale did not meet the usual requirements," the Indian defence...