November 6, 2014

Dassault Aviation Chief Executive Eric Trappier says India Rafale Deal By March 2014

MMRCA contest has lasted 5 years and has taken another 3 years for negotiations. Contract signing no where in sight. 

Would make sense if India walks away from the deal and moves towards Saab JAS 39 Gripen.

Eurofighter Typhoon can be ruled out as European operators have had some technical and spare parts supply issues recently .

Dassault expects to conclude a deal to supply Rafale planes to India by March, Chief Executive Eric Trappier said.

The final phase of exclusive negotiations on the contract, estimated at $15 billion, should conclude within India’s current budget year ending in March 2015, Trappier told reporters in Paris.The French firm was selected in January 2012 by India for supplying 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft to the Indian Air Force.

The negotiations have lately slowed down over some issues not agreeable to Dassault Aviation.
Out of the 126 aircraft to be manufactured for the IAF, 18 are proposed to be supplied directly by the French from their facilities in France whereas the remaining 108 are planned to be built in Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd facilities in Bangalore.

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