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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 | Written by Sudhi Ranjan Sen | Saturday October 18, 2014
The French Rafale Fighter aircraft that India is planning to buy, in what is being billed as the largest defence purchase by the country - "will be swatted like mosquitos in an August night," says Russian Ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin.
India News | Agence France-Presse | Wednesday September 3, 2014
The air force chief has said the conclusion of a $22 billion fighter jet deal with French company Dassault Aviation is imminent after missed deadlines and delays.
India News | Reuters | Tuesday July 8, 2014
Britain's foreign secretary lobbied India on Tuesday to buy Eurofighter military aircraft, suggesting that London has not yet abandoned hope of ousting France's Rafale from a multi-billion-dollar combat jet order.
India News | Nitin Gokhale (With inputs from Reuters) | Monday June 30, 2014
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has landed in the capital to among other issues, close a stalled deal to sell India 126 Rafale fighter jets, built by Dassault Aviation, for an estimated $15-17 billion or 100,000 crores.
India News | Reuters | Sunday June 29, 2014
Western governments are rushing to visit Prime Minister Narendra Modi, drawn by the prospect of multi-billion-dollar deals as the Indian government prepares to open the nascent defence industry to foreign investment.
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 ...
India News | Press Trust of India | Thursday June 26, 2014
The multi-billion dollar Rafale combat aircraft deal, the Jaitapur nuclear power plant and climate change are expected to figure prominently during talks French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius' will have with Indian leaders during his two-day visit h...
India News | Press Trust of India | Friday June 6, 2014
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley was briefed on Friday by the Air Force on its operational preparedness and its immediate requirements such as 126 Rafale combat aircraft for carrying out its assigned tasks.
India News | Reuters | Monday May 19, 2014
Dassault Aviation Chief Executive Eric Trappier said he hoped to sign a deal to sell Rafale fighter jets to India by the end of the year following the election of pro-business candidate Narendra Modi as the country's new prime minister.
India News | Nitin Gokhale | Monday March 3, 2014
The Centre and French aerospace major Dassault have taken a big step forward in the deal for 126 Rafale fighter jets to be supplied to India.
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.
Tuesday December 10, 2013
Under the plan, Dassault Aviation would help Reliance to establish the factory similar to its production facilities in France where the aircraft is produced, they said.
India News | Agence France-Presse | Wednesday October 30, 2013
Defence minister AK Antony played down on Wednesday the prospects of a speedy conclusion to contract negotiations with France's Dassault Aviation for the acquisition of 126 Rafale fighter jets.
India News | Reuters | Thursday October 17, 2013
India will finalise a $15 billion deal to buy 126 Rafale fighter jets from France's Dassault Aviation by March 2014, an Indian air force official said on Thursday, after the deal had been held up by differences over local manufacturing.
India News | Sudhi Ranjan Sen | Friday October 4, 2013
Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, the senior most Indian military commander, today expressed serious concern at the declining fighter fleet of the Indian Air Force.
India News | Edited by Shamik Ghosh (with inputs from PTI) | Tuesday July 16, 2013
A senior Air Force officer, Wing Commander AK Thakur, has been dismissed from service for allegedly demanding bribes from a foreign vendor at the Aero India show in Bangalore in 2011.
India News | Reuters | Wednesday June 12, 2013
France expects to make its first deliveries of Rafale warplanes to India by 2016 or 2017, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian was quoted as saying by financial daily Les Echos.
India News | Reuters | Friday April 19, 2013
The United States has already made "tremendous progress" in expanding weapons sales to India since 2008, and US companies could see "billions of dollars" in additional sales in coming years, a senior US State Department official said Thursday.
India News | Edited by Prasad Sanyal | Friday April 12, 2013
Earlier this month, in a rather unusual move, the Indian Air Force (IAF) strongly refuted a report that it was working on a Plan B should its negotiations fail to buy 126 combat jets from Dassault Aviation.
Thursday February 28, 2013
With the defence forces planning to finalise major deals such as the one for 126 Rafale combat aircraft, the government has earmarked more than Rs 33,000 crore for acquiring aircraft and aero-engines from the Rs 86,000 crore modernisation Budget for ...
India News | Reported by Sudhi Ranjan Sen; edited by Mala Das | Thursday February 28, 2013
India has increased its budget for the armed forces by five percent. Sanctioning a little over Rs. 200,000 crore for this fiscal year, Finance Minister P Chidambaram promised Parliament that "constraints will not come in the way of providing any addi...