It can be said that in recent weeks, the statements concerning the possibility of a new Rafale for the Indian Air Force were contradictory to say the least. Indeed, between the Indian indiscretions which spoke of an "imminent" order of 200 aircraft , those coming from France which announced significant progress concerning an order for 36 aircraft , the progress of the AMFA contract in which Dassault is participating for 114 aircraft, and the declarations of the Chief of Staff of the IAF specifying that he had no other acquisition plans in progress than the MRFA and AMCA programs, there was reason to doubt the credibility of each of the sources.
But the information published by Mr. Cabirol in an article published today on the economic site LaTribune.fr suddenly puts everything into perspective, and, paradoxically, allows us to understand why this information was so contradictory, and yet all so valid. According to the French journalist, very informed about industrial Defense issues, the French and Indian governments are actively negotiating, since the end of the legislative elections in India having seen a clear victory for N.Modi reappointed as Prime Minister and having, this time, an absolute majority. These negotiations concern a new Rafale for the Indian Air Force. These aircraft would this time be produced in India, and not in France as was the case for the first order of 36 aircraft, currently being delivered. According to the article, citing "concordant sources", the objective of these negotiations would be to make this order official during President Macron's official visit to his counterpart N.Modi, on the occasion of Indian National Day. of January 26, 2020. This order, over the counter, would concern at least 36 devices, but the figure of around a hundred devices would also be put forward.
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