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India likely to ink Rafale fighter deal with France today

Updated: Sep 23, 2016 08:43 IST      
India likely to ink Rafale fighter deal with France today

New Delhi [India], Sept. 23 (ANI): India is likely to ink a deal for direct acquisition of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France on Friday.

The negotiations to buy the Rafale fighter jets came through on Wednesday.

French Defence Minister Yves Le Drian is arriving today to finalise the deal which will cost India Euros 7.8 billion.

The development comes after the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) discussed the deal and gave the green signal to go ahead with its signing to give a crucial boost to the Indian Air Force.

In June, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had stated that the number of the fighter jets were "on path of coming to conclusion".

Both India and France had hoped to wrap up the strategic order during French President Francois Hollande's visit for the Republic Day celebrations in January this year, but the bargaining over the price stalled the process.

Parrikar said the two sides were yet to arrive at a decision on pricing.

"It's a big purchase, we have to be careful and every 0.1 percent savings itself is hundreds of crores. So, let the exercise be done with some patience," he said.

Hollande and Prime Minister Narendra Modi intervened in the troubled Rafale procurement last year, ordering government-to-government talks after commercial negotiations with Dassault had collapsed.

The leaders agreed to scale back an original plan to buy 126 Rafale planes to just 36 in fly-away condition to meet the Indian Air Force's urgent need as it faces an assertive China and long-time foe Pakistan. (ANI)

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