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The Rafale is indeed a great deal
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The Rafale is indeed a great deal

Delivery of a great operational machine must not get affected to settle political scores, says Air Marshal Anil Chopra (retd). IMAGE: In 2012, negotiations began with Dassault for the Rafale aircraft and a contract worth up to $20 billion was drawn up. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters The Rafale deal has all of a sudden come into focus with the Congress party alleging a scam in the unilateral announcement of a curtailed deal reducing the earlier figure of 126 aircraft to just 36, and paying ... Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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Has India paid more for the Rafales?

Is the price of one fighter Rs 681 crore? Rs 686 crore? Rs 703 crore? Rs 1,063 crore? Rs 1,225 crore?Ajai Shukla makes sense of the confusing numbers. PART 1: 4 puzzling questions about the Rafale deal Has the Indian Air Force paid more per Rafale fighter than what Prime Minister Narendra D Modi had undertaken in Paris whilst announcing his agreement with then French president Francois Hollande to buy 36 aircraft from the French vendor, Dassault?   On April 10, 2015, standing beside ...
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4 puzzling questions about the Rafale deal

Why did Modi bypass the Cabinet before he committed India to the Rafale deal?Ajai Shukla untangles the Rafale deal. IMAGE: The 36 Rafale fighters will cost €India 7.8 billion (Rs 58,000 crore/Rs 580 billion). Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Prime Minister Narendra D Modi -- on April 10, 2015, in Paris -- stunned the global military aerospace industry with the announcement that India would buy 36 Rafale fighters in a government-to-government arrangement with France, ...
 Rediff.com1 month ago Clouds over fighter jet: How much did Rafale actually cost?  Business Standard1 month ago Modi vs Manmohan: What's the Rafale cost difference?  Rediff.com2 months ago Rafale deal neither overpriced nor controversial: IAF chief  catchnews.com2 months ago
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Was Rafale a must for the IAF?

'It is hard to justify $225 million a plane for an increasingly obsolete mission.'The purchase of the 36 Rafales has changed little for the IAF, explains Ajai Shukla. PART 1: 4 puzzling questions about the Rafale deal PART 2: Has India paid more for the Rafales? Since the turn of the century, when the Indian Air Force began its quest for cheap, light fighters to replace the Soviet-era fleet of light MiG variants, the IAF's specifications for the replacement fighter have changed so much as to ...
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