France wants India to buy 36 more Rafale jets; Govt yet to take call
New Delhi: France on Saturday pitched for beginning negotiations over procurement of one other batch of 36 Rafale fighters by India with French President Emmanuel Macron describing the fighter jet programme as a key side of the bilateral defence cooperation.
Sources stated that there was a communication from the French authorities just lately indicating its eagerness in making an announcement by the 2 sides favouring extra procurement of Rafale jets for the Indian Air Power, reported information company Press Belief of India.
Officers stated that the French aspect pitched for procurement of one other batch of 36 Rafale jets by India throughout the talks between French Defence Minister Florence Parly and her Indian counterpart Nirmala Sitharaman, reported Press Belief of India.
Within the assembly, Parly stated extending the present deal will additional bolster defence cooperation between the 2 nations, they stated. The Indian aspect conveyed that no choice has been taken but on the problem.
Sources stated that the problem of Rafale deal figured within the talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Macron.
“India had made a sovereign choice on this respect (Rafale fighter jet) and we’re monitoring the progress within the discipline. We very a lot wish to proceed the programme.
“It’s a long-term contract which is mutually useful. I personally think about it as the guts of the strategic partnership,” French President Macron stated in an announcement to media after talks with PM Modi.
India had signed a government-to-government take care of France in 2016 to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets at a price of concerning the Rs 58,000 crore. The Congress has been demanding particulars of the deal, alleging that the deal negotiated beneath its rule was less expensive than the contract signed by the Modi authorities.
The Indian Air Power has additionally been favouring procurement of extra Rafale jets from France. It had communicated to India earlier too, in search of extra orders of Rafale jets.
Within the talks, PM Modi and French President Macron famous with satisfaction the “on-schedule” progress within the implementation of acquisition-related agreements, together with the Rafale fighter jet deal, a joint assertion issued after Modi-Macron talks stated.
“They seemed ahead to proceed their discussions to develop and deepen the continued defence manufacturing partnerships,” it stated.
(With PTI inputs)