offers to supply 40 Rafale new gen fighters to IAF
Delhi, Jan 25: As President Nicolas Sarkozy began talks with
Indian leaders to boost Indo-French ties, a French company
on Friday offered to sell 40 of its new generation Rafale
fighters to New Delhi on a fast track basis to help IAF maintain
its combat edge.
offer was made by Charles Edelstennie, scion of the Dassult
family, the makers of the Rafale and Mirage fighters.
know Indian Air Force, with which we have a decade-long close
association, is facing force depletion. So we are ready to
supply 40 Rafales, the world's first omnirole fighters to
India, in a short span of time", the Chairman and Chief
Executive of Dassult, a multi-billion French military and
civil aerospace company, told PTI.
said Rafale fighters could be an interim sale to India as
New Delhi finalises preparations to acquire 126 Multi Role
Combat Aircraft at an estimated cost of 10 billion USD.
estimate delays in procurements of these 126 fighters. So
we are offering the Rafale fighters as interim arrangement",
has already cleared a contract for purchase of 40 additional
SU-30MKI to maintain an effective air combat strength.