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IAF plans early induction of Rafale combat jet

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 15:30

India`s negotiations with French aviation major Dassault for 126 Rafale Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft for USD 20 billion "are progressing well" and the contract is likely "sooner than later in the current financial year (2014-15)" a top military commander has said.

Laurent Fabius meets PM Narendra Modi, invites him to France

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014, 11:13

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Rafale deal likely to figure during French Foreign Minister`s visit

Last Updated: Saturday, June 28, 2014, 00:54

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius will be on a two-day visit to India starting Monday during which the two countries are likely to discuss issues including the multi-billion dollar Rafale combat aircraft deal.

Defence Minister briefed on IAF`s operational preparedness

Last Updated: Friday, June 06, 2014, 20:13

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley was Friday briefed by the Air Force on its operational preparedness and its immediate requirements such as 126 Rafale combat aircraft for carrying out its assigned tasks.

French airforce contingent arrives in India for `Garuda-5`

Last Updated: Sunday, June 01, 2014, 00:55

Four French Rafale fighter aircraft and a contingent of about 70 French airforce personnel on Saturday landed at Jodhpur airbase to participate in the 10-day long joint air exercise "Garuda-5".

Qatar nears exclusive talks on buying Rafale fighter: Report

Last Updated: Thursday, May 29, 2014, 04:14

Qatar could firm up its interest in buying French Rafale fighter planes when its new Emir, Sheikh Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani visits Paris on June 23, the La Tribune financial website reported Wednesday.

France scrambles military plane after jetliner loses radio contact

Last Updated: Monday, May 05, 2014, 10:18

The Rafale fighter aircraft reached the jet after a brief supersonic flight between the towns of La Roche-sur-Yon and Nantes, where the radio contact was re-established. The passenger jet then pursued its course.

Rafale fighter deal deferred for 2014-15, no money left: Antony

Last Updated: Thursday, February 06, 2014, 16:05

Government is looking into the complaints against the procedure to determine the winner of multi-billion dollar combat aircraft deal, Defence Minister AK Antony said.

Dassault carrying out gap analysis of HAL`s capabilities

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 25, 2013, 16:13

Preparing to supply 126 Rafale combat aircraft to India, French firm Dassault Aviation is carrying out gap analysis of aerospace PSU HAL`s fighter plane production capabilities to recommend upgrades.

No deadline for signing 126 M-MRCA deal: Antony

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 19:23

AK Antony refused to set a deadline for conclusion of a multi-billion dollar deal to procure 126 Rafale combat aircraft for the Air Force.

India to finalise Rafale deal by March: Air Force

Last Updated: Thursday, October 17, 2013, 23:22

India will finalize the USD 15 billion deal to buy 126 Rafale fighter jets from France`s Dassault Aviation by March 2014, an Indian Air Force official said on Thursday, after the deal had been held up by differences over local manufacturing.

India, France to go for joint production of military hardware

Last Updated: Friday, July 26, 2013, 23:31

India and France set out on long-term strategic cooperation with latter offering to move on from client-seller relationship to joint production of military hardware which could be exported.