NEW DELHI: India and France are now trying to swiftly finalize the government-to-government deal for direct acquisition of 36 Rafale fighters, even as the earlier $20 billion MMRCA (medium multi-role combat aircraft) project for 126 such jets stands scrapped.
The IAF is pushing for at least 20 additional Rafales over the 36 decided during the Modi-Hollande summit in Paris on April 10. But India is unlikely to buy more than 36 Rafales at this stage, less than one-third of the 126 jets envisaged under the MMRCA project.
“It will take another month or so to clinch the new G-to-G deal, which will entail better terms than what was conveyed by Rafale-manufacturer Dassault Aviation during the MMRCA negotiations. Once the deal is finalized, the deliveries of the 36 jets in a flyaway condition will begin in two years,” said an official.
Better to get 36 Fifth Generation Fighter Aircrafts in Fly Away condition. Then, Pak will be forced to spend more money than they can afford and become more bankrupt.
72 Rafales with 100 cheaper planes and 20 subs,,,and 100000 new troops,,, need of Hour
It’s already bankrupt in near future breaking Baluchistan away from pak
BJP CON PAID COMMENT troll
Yes,let’s buy more, it will bankrupt us also but will build the party,we will definitely get good kickbacks from the French.
IAF needs these aircraft urgently. IAF is out of oxygen and needs immediate support!