Friday, 18 January 2013

India may buy more Rafale than expected

While India is negotiating with Dassault Aviation Rafale purchase of 126, an option of 63 additional aircraft is also being discussed, according to AFP. A scenario that would increase the value of the order of 12 to 18 billion.

It is not 126 but up to 189 Rafale that India could order Dassault Aviation AFP. Contract that happen to be worth 12 to 18 billion dollars according to the Indian press. This scenario of 63 optional units have been raised by the news agency during the visit of Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid in Paris last week.Fran├žois Hollande is due to visit India in mid-February.

"There is an option to purchase 63 additional aircraft for which a separate contract should be signed. Currently negotiating the contract covers 126 aircraft," said a source close to the talks. But "also known as the following," including slices additional commands, added another source.

First aircraft delivered after signing three

As a reminder, in January 2012 the Rafale was chosen by India Eurofighter (manufactured by BAE Systems, EADS and Finmeccanica). Since the two sides are negotiating. The first 18 Rafale would be built in France, following the 108 assembled in India by Hindustan Aeronautics aerospace group. "The first aircraft will be delivered three years after signing the contract," said one of the sources told AFP.

"This is the time necessary for the production chain, the Indian army having first need seater aircraft while Dassault as other manufacturers currently producing cars," said an expert. India seeks compensation (offset) up to half of the contract for the benefit of the industry. Dassault and HAL should identify areas where Indian industry can contribute to the program. "The negotiations are progressing well off-sets", provided a source familiar with the matter.

Brazil, UAE, Malaysia, Canada, other targets

Last Thursday, the Minister Salman Khurshid had shown encouraging. "Good French wines take time to mature, it is the same for good deeds," he declared. "Wait a little jump the plug and you will enjoy a good wine."

A contract in India could influence the choice of Brazil, who need 36 combat aircraft. Dassault is also the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and Canada.

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