India had signed an intergovernmental agreement with France in September 2016 for 36 Rafale fighter jets for about Rs 59 thousand crores.
Big statement of French Defense Minister
French Defense Minister Florence Parley said. His country is ready to give additional Rafale fighter planes to India if needed. He added that the use of the same type of aircraft by strategic partners shows the “real asset and strength” of their relationship. Parle, who is on a visit to India, made this remark at the think-tank ahead of talks with her Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh on a wide range of issues.
India had signed an agreement for 36 Rafale fighter jets
The French Embassy had informed that despite the Kovid-19 epidemic, 33 Rafale fighter jets supplied to India on time. India had signed an intergovernmental agreement with France in September 2016 for 36 Rafale fighter jets for about Rs 59 thousand crores. Parle said in response to a question. I am happy that the Indian Air Force satisfied with the Rafale jets and proud. Despite the Kovid-19 pandemic, we have delivered 36 aircraft on time under the agreement… this is an achievement.”
There is scope for new possibilities with India – Defense Minister of France
The French Defense Minister said, “Using the same type of aircraft is a real asset and strength. I am sure there is scope for new possibilities. If India’s additional requirement expressed, we ready to respond to it. France interested in supplying ship-based fighter jets. He said, “We know that the aircraft carrier will be in service soon. For that planes will needed. If India decides, we are ready to give some other Rafale (version).”
France is expressing willingness to purchase 36 more Rafale aircraft with India
India’s first indigenously built aircraft carrier Vikrant is planned to inducted into the Indian Navy in August next year. The first consignment of Rafale aircraft manufactured by French company Dassault Aviation supplied to India on July 29 last year. It is believed that France expressing its willingness to negotiate with India for the purchase of 36 more Rafale aircraft.