Rafale deal: Allegations against Rafale deal are misleading: Defence ministry | India News
NEW DELHI: The NDA authorities on Wednesday attacked Congress for leveling “unfounded and deceptive” allegations in opposition to the Rs 59,000 crore contract for 36 French Rafale fighters, reiterating it had secured a “higher deal” when it comes to value, functionality, gear, supply and upkeep than the one “notionally negotiated” by the earlier UPA regime.
“The procurement of 36 Rafale plane by way of an Inter-Governmental Settlement (IGA) with France to fulfill the pressing want of the IAF is strictly in accordance with the Defence Procurement Process in all facets,” stated the defence ministry, in a two-page assertion.
The MoD stated the demand that it disclose the small print and worth of the contract of the Rafale deal, which was inked in September 2016 after the NDA authorities scrapped the deadlocked procurement course of initiated by the earlier UPA regime for acquisition of 126 fighters, was “unrealistic”.
“The approximate acquisition price of the Rafale plane has already been supplied to Parliament. Provision of actual item-wise price and different info will reveal, inter alia, particulars relating to the varied customizations and weapons programs specifically designed to reinforce the effectiveness and lethality of the belongings, influence our army preparedness and compromise our nationwide safety,” it stated.
“Such particulars would additionally come underneath the ambit of the safety settlement signed in 2008. Thus, in not revealing the item-wise particulars of the contract, the federal government is merely following in letter and spirit the confidentiality provisions of a bilateral India-France Settlement of 2008 signed by the earlier authorities,” it additional stated, including that UPA authorities had refused to reveal the worth of defence procurements, together with in response to Parliament questions.
As earlier reported by TOI, whereas every Rafale jet will price Rs 670 crore, the per unit price goes as much as nearly Rs 1,640 crore if the general deal is taken under consideration, which features a lethal weapons bundle, all spares and prices for 75% fleet availability and performance-based logistics assist for 5 years, amongst different issues.
Congress has alleged the “non-transparent” deal was vastly overpriced, violated defence procurement procedures and included no switch of know-how (ToT).
The assertion of the defence ministry rebutted Congress chief’s declare that Modi authorities opted for Rafale fighters even when Eurofighter Storm had supplied to slash its value by 20%. ” It appears to have been conveniently forgotten that then authorities itself had firm’s unsolicited supply made days after the closure of bid course of, declared Rafale because the L1 bidder and had commenced negotiations with it in February 2012,” stated the assertion , whereas refraining from mentioning Eurofighter.
“It might even be famous that opposite to the impression sought to be created by the Opposition, within the earlier proposal to obtain Rafale, which led to a stalemate, there was no provision for ToT however solely to fabricate (108 of the 126 jets) underneath licence (by defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics). The (UPA) authorities was unable to agree on the phrases for even that in its negotiations with the seller, ensuing within the long-drawn train in the end turning futile,” stated the MoD.
The ministry additionally stated that UPA authorities did not implement the choice taken in 2012 to deal with the alarming decline in IAF’s fighter energy and that even the 2012 resolution to purchase Rafale fighters was placed on maintain as a result of the “then defence minister exercised an unprecedented private veto”.
It additionally denied Congress’s cost about Anil Ambani-led Reliance group being one of many beneficiaries of the deal. “No Indian offset Associate for the 2016 deal had been to this point chosen by the seller DA (Dassault Aviation).” The ministry stated it was for the DA to pick the Indian Offset Companions.