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France offers fresh proposal for Indian Rafale deal

Staff writer ▼ | March 11, 2016
Since France has offered a fresh proposal to break the impasse over Rafale deal, after delegations of Indian and French officials met.
Defense industry   Dassault will continue trying to sell 36 jets to India
“During the meeting, it was believed that French authorities gave a fresh proposal with amendments to make the Rafale deal more attractive. The Indian side is examining the proposal,” Indian Express news daily quoted an unnamed official as saying. However the details of the meeting have not been disclosed.

The Price Negotiation Committee formed to work out modalities on the 36 Rafale warplanes has not been able to conclude its task as it has not been able to strike a compromise.

The Indo-French High Committee on defence cooperation meeting scheduled for March 9, 10 was chaired by the Defence Secretary G Mohan Kumar.

Defence industry, procurement and research technology were the areas that were focussed. The status of several defence deals between the two nations was also discussed, including the Rafale jet and Short Range Surface to Air Missile joint development.

Dassault would continue this year to work on signing a deal to sell 36 Rafales to India as it seeks to underpin the ramp-up of fighter jet production. It was preparing for a possible additional sale of 90 Rafales to India,Eric Trappier, Dassault CEO was quoted as saying by Reuters Thursday.