India News | Press Trust of India | Tuesday November 17, 2015
The multi-billion dollar deal for purchase of 36 Rafale combat aircraft is in "final stages" of price negotiations, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said.
India News | Vikram Chandra | Friday October 16, 2015
India's search for a modern new fighter after the modified Rafale deal has just seen a new twist. The world's biggest airplane manufacturer Boeing has said that it could 'make in India' a state of the art fighter plane.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Wednesday October 14, 2015
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will stand for regional elections in northwest France in December, meaning a possible departure from the cabinet, his staff said today.
India News | Press Trust of India | Tuesday October 13, 2015
Top commanders of Indian Air Force will meet in New Delhi today to brainstorm on various matters including drafting of women as fighter pilots, serviceability issues plaguing the force, and induction of fighter aircraft like LCA Tejas and Rafale.
India News | Press Trust of India | Sunday September 27, 2015
The talks for negotiating the cost of 36 Rafale fighter jets India is buying from France is going on at a "hectic" pace and are likely to be wrapped up in another one month, top defence sources said.
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 | Press Trust of India | Thursday August 27, 2015
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will visit India next week during which a government-to-government framework agreement for the 36 Rafale fighter jets is likely to be signed, which will pave the way for inking of the final contract.
India News | Press Trust of India | Sunday August 16, 2015
The French government has rejected Indian negotiators' demand for a 50 per cent offset clause citing sharp cost escalation but offered to participate in 'Make in India' projects to carry forward the talks for 36 Rafale fighter jets that have hit turbulence.
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.
India News | Press Trust of India | Thursday July 30, 2015
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today informed the Upper House that the Centre has withdrawn the multi-billion dollar tender for the 126 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircrafts (MMRCA), for which Rafale was shortlisted in 2012.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Saturday July 25, 2015
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian began a two day visit to Cairo today, just days after France delivered the first batch of 24 Rafale warplanes Egypt bought in a multi-billion-euro deal.
India News | Press Trust of India | Tuesday July 21, 2015
The 36 Rafale combat planes and associated systems and weapons would be delivered in the same configuration as had been tested and approved by Indian Air Force, and with a longer maintenance responsibility by France, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said today.
India News | Written by Sudhi Ranjan Sen | Wednesday June 24, 2015
The Rafale deal with France is yet to materialise, but the Indian Air Force is set to lose 54 fighter jets within the next six months.
India News | Indo-Asian News Service | Saturday June 20, 2015
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who has faced criticism in the media for his comments on a wide range of issues, on Saturday said he would not speak to the media for six months.
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 | Reuters | Thursday June 4, 2015
The head of Dassault Aviation said on Tuesday he had not given up hope of selling extra Rafales to India on top of a deal for 36 aircraft being negotiated by the French government.
India News | Written by Sudhi Ranjan Sen | Sunday May 31, 2015
As the number of fighter squadrons steadily dip, India will make do with the 36 Rafale Fighters, three squadrons of the Russian Made SU-30MKI that are in the making and make up the rest of the numbers with the indigenously made Tejas (Mark-II).
India News | Written by Sudhi Ranjan Sen | Friday May 29, 2015
It has been 32 years in the making but it will be least another five years before the indigenously-built fighter jet Tejas (Mark-II) can be deployed in a combat role, a top Indian Air Force official told NDTV.
India News | Press Trust of India | Wednesday May 27, 2015
Keeping up the offensive against the Modi government over the Rafale deal, Congress on Tuesday accused it of giving a go bye to its much-flaunted 'Make in India" programme while entering into an agreement for the purchase of the fighter jets from France.
India News | Press Trust of India | Tuesday May 26, 2015
Congress om Monday hit back at Manohar Parrikar for attacking his predecessor AK Antony, alleging that the Defence Minister was not kept in the loop by Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he clinched the high-profile Rafale fighter jet deal with French President Francois Hollande last month.
India News | Press Trust of India | Sunday May 24, 2015
The Congress on Saturday claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government has put the national security at stake by drastically reducing defense sector spending.
India News | Press Trust of India | Sunday May 24, 2015
Congress on Saturday alleged non-transparency in the multi-crore Rafale deal and questioned the Centre's move to bypass defence procurement procedure in the absence of inter-governmental agreement with France.
India News | Press Trust of India | Saturday May 23, 2015
Former Defence Minister AK Antony today raised several questions over the Rafale fighter jet deal, wondering whether the Finance Ministry and Defence Acquisition Council were taken on board while clinching the agreement with France.