IAF chief eyes Rafale deal by year-end

The deal between India and France for 36 Rafale combat jets could happen before the end of the year, the Indian Air Force (IAF) chief, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, said on Saturday but to go by the manner in which the negotiations have spluttered in the last seven months, this could be a tall order.

Modi govt turns down IAF's request for more foreign fighter planes, pushes for Made-in-India Tejas
Modi govt turns down IAF's request for more foreign fighter planes, pushes for Made-in-India Tejas

The Narendra Modi govt wants IAF to accept ‘obsolete’ Made-in-India Tejas jets.

France to hold crunch talks in India on Rafale deal

French and Indian defence officials are to hold fresh talks Tuesday on the purchase of 36 Rafale jets, with hopes drawn-out negotiations on the multi-billion-dollar deal are close to concluding, an official said.

Swedish Defence Minister meets Parrikar in New Delhi

Sweden's Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist met his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar here on Wednesday.

Dassault Aviation upbeat on Rafale, rolls out Falcon 5X

The head of Dassault Aviation said on Tuesday he had not given up hope of selling extra Rafales to India on top of a deal for 36 aircraft being negotiated by the French government.

Germany lobbies India to buy Eurofighters, submarines

Germany`s defence minister held out the prospect of more talks on a possible sale of Eurofighter jets to India and, on a visit to New Delhi, said Berlin stood ready to back a multi-billion-dollar Indian submarine project.

Antony questions Rafale deal with France

Former Defence Minister AK Antony on Saturday raised several questions over the Rafale fighter jet deal, wondering whether the Finance Ministry and Defence Acquisition Council were taken on board while clinching the agreement with France.

France offers India fly-away Rafales at same rate as to own air force

France is offering India 36 Rafale fighter jets in fly-away condition at the same price which it pays to French defence major Dassault Aviation to equip its own air force, defence sources said.

Rafale deal: Dassault likely to enter into JV with Indian firm

 The multi-billion deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets could see French defence major Dassault Aviation entering into a joint venture with state-run HAL or any private player to set up a base here for augmenting its existing production line.

Rafale deal likely to have a 30% offset clause

The over USD 6 billion deal for 36 Rafale jets is likely to have a 30 per cent offset clause valuing to nearly USD 2 billion that the Indian private industry will be eyeing.

Future Rafale deals will also be govt-to-govt: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar
Future Rafale deals will also be govt-to-govt: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar

Any future purchases of Rafale fighter jets will be through direct negotiations with the French government, India`s defence minister said on Monday, calling into question an ongoing commercial negotiation with Dassault Aviation for 126 aircraft.

Hollande to hold high-level meet in Paris over Rafale sale to India today

French President Francois Hollande would chair a high-level meeting in Parison Monday to thrash out the finer details of the nearly USD 5 billion deal for the sale of 36 Rafale jets to India in flyaway conditions.

With Rafale deal stuck, Germany says Eurofighter option ready

Days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit there, Germany on Wednesday said European military consortium EADS was still ready to provide India Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft, asserting that the jets are "good" both in terms of quality and price.

Dassault Aviation delivers first two of 51 upgraded Mirage 2000 I/TI fighter jets to India

The acceptance ceremony of the first two Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 I/TI was held at Istres, Dassault Aviation`s Flight Test Centre, under the patronage of Ambassador Arun K. Singh, the Indian Ambassador to France.

India Rafale fighter jet sale talks advance: French defence spokesman

Talks on the sale of 126 Rafale fighter jets to India are advancing, a French Defence Ministry spokesman said during a visit to India by Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to salvage a deal stalled on the issue of local assembly of the aircraft.

Rafale deal: Dassault says no change in pricing

Confident of signing the much delayed USD 10 billion contract for Rafale fighter jets with India "soon", French Defence major Dassault Thursday said its pricing remains the same from day one and it has not wavered from the request for proposal (RPF).

Rafale issue will be resolved on fast track: Manohar Parrikar

India has assured France that all issues in the multi-billion dollar deal for the 126 Rafale combat aircraft would be "resolved in a fast-track manner" as the two sides agreed to overcome the differences over the long -delayed project.

India and France to push ahead with Rafale jet deal

The French and Indian defence ministers agreed on Monday to overcome any differences and finalise the sale of 126 fighter jets to India in a deal worth an estimated $15 billion, the Indian defence ministry said.

Rafale issue will be resolved in fast-tracked manner: Parrikar

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Monday night raised the issue of the multi-billion dollar deal for 126 Rafale combat aircraft during talks with his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar who said it would be "resolved in a fast-tracked manner".

French fighter jet deal close: IAF chief Arup Raha

Indian Air Force Chief has said conclusion of a $22 billion fighter jet deal with French company Dassault Aviation was imminent after missed deadlines and delays.