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  • 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 fighterjets from Dassault Aviation could be delayed as the two sides struggle to reach an agreement over the role of staterun Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), two sources familiar with the matter said. India picked the Dassaultmade 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. CNNIBN 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 multibillion 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 twoday trip, will hope to seal a multibillion 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 twoday visit to India February 14, 2013

    New Delhi: French President Francois Hollande is on a twoday 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, counterterrorism and trade will be focus of French President Francois Hollande's first visit to New Delhi but $ 10billion deal for Rafale fighter aircraft will not be inked during his twoday 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 multibillion 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 multibillion 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 MultiRole 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 multirole 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 UKbased 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...
  • British MPs question aid commitments to India February 7, 2012

    New Delhi: Despite public unease and opposition from UK's Conservative MPs, the British government has decided to go ahead with its aid commitments to India. The British MPs had questioned the need to give aid to a prosperous India when they're battling an economic crisis back home. The row deepened after...
  • Eurofighter better than Rafale: Britain February 7, 2012

    New Delhi: Days after fournation European consortium EADS including UK lost the bid for 126 fighter deal with India, Britain on Monday took up the matter with authorities in New Delhi insisting that its combat aircraft Eurofighter was better than the selected one Rafale. UK's Minister for International Security Strategy...
  • Parties say India should refuse British aid February 6, 2012

    New Delhi: Major parties on Monday took strong exception to demands in the UK for stopping aid to India, with Opposition BJP saying that the country did not require such help and should give a befitting reply to the "arrogance" of a section of the British political class by refusing...
  • Always appreciative of foreign aid: India February 6, 2012

    New Delhi: Playing down media reports in the UK seeking stoppage of aid to India on the basis of a reported Rajya Sabha proceeding in 2011, India on Monday said it has always been appreciative of foreign assistance. "The expanse of our need is such that foreign assistance provided is very...
  • Rafale deal: Voices against aid to India rise in UK February 6, 2012

    London: Public unease has given way to increasing fury in London over giving millions of pounds in aid to an increasingly prosperous India, as the David Cameron government continues to resist pressure to stop it despite being in the throes of an economic crisis. The clamour to stop the aid reached...
  • India's military build up may be too little too late? February 3, 2012

    New Delhi: India's 1.3 millionstrong armed forces, hobbled by outdated equipment and slow decisionmaking, are undergoing an overhaul as defence priorities shift to China from traditional rival Pakistan. And like a refit of the imposing but dilapidated Defence Ministry on Delhi's grand South Block, it's a plodding process. Defence chiefs are hurrying...
  • F16, F18 unbeatable, no F35 offer for India: US February 3, 2012

    Washington: After losing out to the French, the US asserted its F16 and F18 fighter jets would have provided India unbeatable platforms with proven technologies, but said it had not offered India more advanced F35 Joint Strike Fighters (JSF). "We are extremely confident that the F/A18IN and F16IN would have provided...
  • British PM wants India to reconsider Rafale deal February 2, 2012

    New Delhi: A 'disappointed' British Prime Minister David Cameron said that he would do 'everything he can' to 'encourage' India to reconsider its decision to acquire 126 Frenchmade Rafale fighter jets instead of the UKbacked Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft. "The decision is obviously disappointing. Of course, I will do everything I can,...
  • British PM: Will urge India to change mind on jets February 1, 2012

    London: A "disappointed" British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday said he would do "everything he can" to "encourage" India to reconsider its decision to acquire 126 Frenchmade Rafale fighter jets instead of the UKbacked Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft. "Of course, I will do everything I can, as I have already, to...
  • RafaleIAF deal: What it means February 1, 2012

    A day after the bid was finalised, CNNIBN looks at what the fighter jet will mean for the Indian Air Force. ...
  • 'France's Rafale deal to include tech transfer' February 1, 2012

    Paris: French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday said that he welcomed a decision by India's government to enter into "exclusive negotiations" with France's Dassault for the purchase of 126 Rafale jet fighter planes. In a statement, Sarkozy said talks over the contract would begin shortly, adding that the deal would include...
  • Rafale wins IAF's $ 10.4 bn deal to supply 126 jets January 31, 2012

    New Delhi: French company Dassault Aviation's Rafale has won the $10.4 billion deal to supply 126 Medium MultiRole Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) to the Indian Air Force (IAF). According to sources, Rafale won the multibillion dollar deal as it was found to be similar to the French Mirage 2000 fighter jet, which...