Talks on jet deal still on, says minister
NEW DELHI: France’s defence minister said yesterday negotiations with India to sell 126 Rafale fighter jets from Dassault Aviation were proceeding well, but did not say when the deal would be finalised.
India picked the Rafale in January last year after a bid between rival suppliers. But differences over the industrial role of India’s state-run Hindustan Aeronautics have delayed the deal. Under the deal, Dassault is expected to send 18 ready-made jets, then manufacture the rest in India.