Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after the NDA government took over in 2014, "quickly recognised the seriousness of the situation" to go in for the emergency procurement of the 36 Rafales in a flyaway condition.
India had inked an inter-governmental agreement with France in September last year for procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of around Rs 58,000 crore, almost one- and-half years after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the proposal during a visit to Paris.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday rubbished Congress party's allegations of bypassing the procedures in procuring 36 Rafale aircrafts from France, saying that the deal for the planes was done in a transparent manner and had to be struck quickly keeping in mind the defence preparedness of the Indian Air Force (IAF). We have negotiated for 36 French fighter aircraft Rafale (at a price) lower than that in the contract. She also claimed that no private party is involved in the acquisition of 36 Rafale aircrafts.
Chennai: Those aspiring to make equipment for the defence forces must be futuristic, said Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
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"We should think about bringing out products that would continue to hold value for the next 50 years", she said. Gandhi tweeted, "Why PM bypassed experienced HAL & gave the deal to AA rated businessman with no defence experience?"
"Yes, the French Defence Minister raised the matter with me, but I haven't given any answer", she said. The delivery of the jets is scheduled to begin from September, 2019.
The decision to strengthen the Air Force was taken by the Vajpayee government in 2000 but the Congress-led coalition, which came in 2004 could not seal the pact over the next decade. Indian Air Force bases at Ambala in Haryana, close to the western border, and Hashimara in West Bengal, close to the China border, are set to home the squadrons of Rafale fighters.