2013 will be the year of Rafale in India. When? By the end of the first half. Visit to Paris, the Indian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Salman Khurshid, has been encouraging the purchase of French combat aircraft 126.
Indian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Salman Khurshid, visiting Paris, is shown Thursday encouraging the purchase of 126 fighter aircraft French Rafale, suggesting a future conclusion of the agreement. "Good French wines take time to mature, it is the same for good deeds," said Salman Khurshid after a meeting with his French counterpart, Laurent Fabius. "A decision has already been made, the details of the contract are being examined. Wait a little jump the plug and you will enjoy a good wine," he said.
To Fabius, the Rafale is an exceptional aircraft
Laurent Fabius, for his part stressed that "the final decision belongs to the Indian Government in its sovereignty." "But from what I am told my colleague Minister of India things are progressing well, and I can confirm the full support of the French government vis-à-vis the Rafale is an exceptional aircraft," did he added. India favorite in January 2012 the Dassault Aviation Rafale Typhoon built by the Eurofighter consortium formed groups BAE Systems, EADS and Italy's Finmeccanica European and began negotiations for a contract to equip the army 126 combat aircraft.
In March 2012, Dassault had felt able to conclude the sale of the Rafale to India by six months, arguing that the Indians will move quickly on the issue. In "three to four months." This is what the Indian ambassador in Paris, Rakesh Sood, explained early November about signing the contract for the purchase of 126 Rafale to Indian journalists, reported Tuesday the Indian press agency "Trust of India. " A contract valued at just over 15 billion euros (20 billion dollars). In late December, the Indian Ministry of Defense stated that New Delhi would make a final announcement in late March, the closing date of the fiscal year in India.
In France, some believe that the schedule suggested by the Indian ambassador to Paris, which is also that of the Indian Air Force, is ambitious. All hope that the contract will be signed before the Indian elections scheduled for 2014. And regardless of the end of the Indian fiscal year ended March 31."Dassault Aviation has a window of opportunity until the end of June 2013 to conclude the contract after it enters a campaign period where it is unlikely that a contract of this magnitude is signed," says one La Tribune.