Rafale: A New Feather in Air Force's Wings?
Apr 18, 2015
India News | Written by Vishnu Som | Tuesday September 1, 2015
The Narendra Modi government appears to be going ahead with the off-the shelf purchase of 36 Rafale fighters, which the Indian Air Force needs urgently. In the clearest indication of the government's intention so far, the Defence Acquisition Committee has asked the Defence Ministry negotiating team to proceed with end-stage negotiations, sources to...
India News | Reuters | Wednesday August 12, 2015
India's order of 36 French-made Rafale fighter jets has run into trouble with government officials struggling to agree on sales terms, sources said, four months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi intervened to break a logjam in previous commercial negotiations.
Thomson Reuters | Friday July 10, 2015
Indian companies are investing billions to build anything from armoured trucks, to guns and submarines, as they race to win a share of the roughly $100 billion in defence deals New Delhi has said it will ring-fence for domestic firms over the next decade.
India News | Press Trust of India | Wednesday June 17, 2015
French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will visit India soon as the two countries work towards finalising the deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Wednesday June 17, 2015
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Tuesday that talks with India over the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets were progressing well and would be finalised within "two to three months".
India News | Press Trust of India | Tuesday May 5, 2015
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will hold talks with his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar in New Delhi tomorrow to "launch negotiations" for the 36 Rafale fighter jets that India has decided to buy from France.
India News | Press Trust of India | Monday May 4, 2015
Ahead of French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian's visit, India on Monday said that negotiations for the procurement of Rafale fighter jets for the Indian Air Force (IAF) will begin this month, and the multi-billion dollar deal will be finalised "as early as possible".
India News | Press Trust of India | Sunday May 3, 2015
Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced purchase of 36 Rafale jets from France in fly-away condition, its Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will be visiting India next week to "set up" negotiations for the crucial deal.
India News | Sudhi Ranjan Sen | Tuesday April 14, 2015
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said that the decision to buy 126 fighter jets from France cleared by the previous Congress-led government, was not thought through properly. The purchase, he said, should not have been made through a global tender, but through a government to government deal.
India News | Press Trust of India | Sunday March 22, 2015
Beaten back in their usual area of operations, Somali pirates are "shifting their location" towards India, but the country is watchful to deal with such threats, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Sunday.
India News | Written by Sudhi Ranjan Sen | Wednesday February 25, 2015
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drain and his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar appear to have sorted out one of the key issues holding up the estimated $15 billion deal to buy 126 Rafale fighter jets for the Indian Air Force. A final decision is expected to be taken before Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit to France in April.
India News | Reuters | Thursday January 15, 2015
A French delegation will visit Delhi this month to try to salvage an agreement to supply 126 Rafale fighter jets to the Indian Air Force. One of the world's biggest defence deals has hit a snag over the local assembly of the planes.
India News | Agencies | Tuesday December 2, 2014
The French and Indian defence ministers agreed to press ahead with negotiations on the sale of 126 Rafale fighter jets to India, both sides said on Tuesday, after slow progress cast doubt on the estimated $12 billion or about Rs 74,400-crore deal.
India News | Reuters | Tuesday December 2, 2014
The French and Indian defence ministers agreed on Monday to overcome any differences and finalise the sale of 126 fighter jets to India in a deal worth an estimated $15 billion, the Indian defence ministry said.
India News | Sudhi Ranjan Sen (With inputs from agencies) | Tuesday November 18, 2014
India will opt out of an agreement to buy small warships from Korea - mine-sweepers - because a middleman was allegedly involved in the contract which was signed three years ago. Indian laws forbid the payment of commissions and use of agents for defence deals.
India News | Written by Sudhi Ranjan Sen | Sunday October 26, 2014
The Defence Acquisition Council of India on Saturday cleared defence deals worth Rs 80,000 crore. The deal includes the acquisition of six conventional submarines to augment the aging and depleted submarine fleet and two midget submarines -- also known as 'Swimmer Delivery Vehicles' - which are used for special operations.
India News | Nitin Gokhale | Friday October 10, 2014
A court in Italy on Thursday ruled that no kickbacks were paid in a deal for 12 helicopters for use by top Indian political leaders. It also found that there is no evidence to suggest former Indian Air Force chief SP Tyagi had accepted bribes to help AgustaWestland - the British unit of Italian defence manufacturer Finmeccanica - land the contract.
Cheat Sheet | Reported by Rahul Joglekar, Edited by Abhinav Bhatt | Thursday October 9, 2014
A court in Italy has ruled that no kickbacks were paid in a deal for 12 helicopters for use by top Indian political leaders. It also found that there is no evidence to suggest former Indian Air Force chief SP Tyagi had accepted bribes to help AgustaWestland - the British unit of Italian defence manufacturer Finmeccanica - land the contract.
India News | Press Trust of India | Sunday August 3, 2014
An Indo-French proposed joint venture expected to be worth around Rs 30,000 crore to develop short range air defence missiles seems to have run into rough weather as the Indian Air Force feels that its requirements could be met by indigenous Akash surface-to-air missile weapon system.
India News | Written by Nitin Gokhale | Sunday June 29, 2014
The Indian Air Force or IAF may lose its traditional conventional edge against Pakistan if the contract to buy 126 Rafale medium multi-role combat aircraft or MMRCA is not clinched immediately, senior IAF officials told Defence Minister Arun Jaitley at an extensive briefing recently.
Cheat Sheet | Agencies | Tuesday March 18, 2014
India has received a major setback in its attempt to cover itself financially after it cancelled a 12-helicopter deal with Italian defence giant Finmeccanica. The deal was cancelled in January over allegations of bribery and kickbacks.
India News | Press Trust of India | Monday March 10, 2014
British firm Rolls Royce has written to the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) that it was ready to return to the government Rs 18 crore that it paid as commission to its agent.
India News | Reuters | Thursday February 6, 2014
India's military has postponed until the next financial year a plan to buy 126 fighter planes from France's Dassault Aviation, the defence minister said on Thursday.
India News | Press Trust of India | Saturday January 4, 2014
In an off-shoot of VVIP helicopter deal scam, CBI today registered a case against a Brigadier working with Army Aviation for allegedly fudging trial flight records of the helicopters.