HAL & Dassault set aside differences
After a brief period of turbulence over the medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA), in which both the Hindustan Aeonautics Limited (HAL) and Dassault almost publicly expressed grievances over the stipulations in the procurement RFP and the manner in which technology transfer would take place contractually, HAL and Dassault made sure to give out a positive signal at the Paris Air Show recently. The meeting between the top brass of the two companies was a cordial affair, ending with a statement, saying, “On the occasion of the Paris Air Show, HAL top brass met top executives of Dassault Aviation to review the progress in ongoing projects. Both the teams expressed satisfaction on the work already achieved by the integrated teams and renewed their commitment towards successful completion of the various projects.”
While both HAL and Dassault already have steady dialogue on all existing cooperation, it was impressed upon both companies to send out a cordial signal in Paris to quell speculation of bad blood between the two corporations, and that is precisely what the photo opportunity was organised for.