IN­DIAN GOV­ERN­MENT’S CLAIM ON THE RAFALE DEAL

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The gov­ern­ment is un­der­stood to have told Supreme Court that the present Rafale deal is bet­ter in terms of “pric­ing, delivery and main­te­nance” than the con­tract UPA was ne­go­ti­at­ing and which floun­dered due to the French com­pany and HAL fail­ing to agree on costs as they could not re­solve dif­fer­ences over man hours and there­fore costs for pro­duc­tion un­der li­cence of 108 of 126 fighters. The gov­ern­ment has said that ef­forts to re­vive ne­go­ti­a­tions un­der the terms that were be­ing dis­cussed proved a non-starter and a de­ci­sion was taken to re­cast the deal, keep­ing in mind the de­ple­tion of In­dia’s fighter fleet as ad­ver­saries added air­craft, mis­sile sys­tems and radars to their war-fight­ing ca­pac­i­ties, via the In­ter-Gov­ern­men­tal Agree­ment route.

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