- Rahul Gandhi has been a sharp critic of the Rafale deal
- India is looking to buy 100 fighter jets in a new deal
- India has sent "request for information" to plane-makers
"40,000 Cr. loss to exchequer was "Sayonara" (good bye) money to French, so PM could re-tender contract and favour friends," Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
India is looking to buy 100 fighter jets in a deal that is likely to cost over $15 billion, and has sent a "request for information" or RFI to plane-makers. This deal will translate into the world's largest order for fighter jets.
The RFI contains information about how the Indian Air Force or IAF plans to shortlist and finalise the fighter jets. Plane-makers such as SAAB AB of Sweden, Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co. of the US, Dassault Aviation SA of France, MiG of Russia, and the European consortium Eurofighter are expected to compete for India's jet fighter deal.
The Congress party has been alleging that the Modi government finalised the Rafale deal with the French government at a price much higher than what the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government had clinched to buy 126 medium multirole combat aircraft (MMRCA).
India and France in March this year signed an agreement on "exchange and reciprocal protection of classified or protected information" when French President Emmanuel Macron was in India. Both sides also agreed to create an annual defence dialogue at the ministerial level.
Modi Scam Alert!- Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 7, 2018
15 Billion $ fighter jet deal re-tendered. PM's friends race to tie up STRATEGIC partners.
RAFALE, 40,000 Cr. loss to exchequer was "Sayonara" money to French, so PM could re-tender contract and favour friends.https://t.co/X4oTNjkXTK
The agreement defines common security regulations applicable to any exchange of classified and protected information between the two countries.
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