Rafale jet deal on right track, says French President Hollande

The French president, who is on his way to India to attend the Republic Day celebrations, also congratulated PM Narendra Modi for "his diplomacy reflecting both a sense of proportion and a strong determination."

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: January 24, 2016 2:15 pm
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French President Francois Hollande on Sunday affirmed that the Rs 60,000 crore Rafale fighter jets deal with India was “on the right track” and that it would pave the way for an unprecedented industrial and technological bilateral cooperation for the next 40 years.

There has been speculation whether the final deal for India to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets would be inked during Hollande’s State Visit, which commenced with his arrival in Chandigarh today.

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The deal was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to France last April.

Asked if he hoped to see the final deal inked during his current visit, Hollande told PTI in a interview that “we are on the right track” but agreeing on the technicalities of this arrangement obviously takes time.

He also noted that Indo-French cooperation in defence “is part of our strategic partnership. It is based on trust, a very strong trust between both our countries.”

Answering a question on the Pathankot terror strike and that most of the terror attacks in India emanate from Pakistan, Hollande said, “France strongly condemned the attack on Pathankot. India is fully justified to ask for justice against perpetrators.”

“India and France are confronted with similar threats: we are attacked by murderers who pretend to act on religious basis. Their real objective is widespread hate. They want to undermine our democratic values and our way of life. India and France are united in their determination to act together against terrorism.”

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    Harry Achari
    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:30 am
    We are grateful to the French for it reverse stance on the sanction of the US against us during nuclear test in 98. France has always maintain good relations with us. But recently I read news that India buys 36 Rafael jets for US$ 9 billion along with its missile system. If I was not wrong it costs a whopping $250 a piece. From the contest we selected Rafael for its " cheap" cost. I found the price of those 4th gen jets including Rafael. * F 16 C/D ( block 50/52 that stan ordered and temporary cancelled by US): $18:8 mln * Tejas: 24 mln * Su 30 MKI ( the considered to the best jet after F 22 Rafter, by analysts) and technical marvel of Rosso- Israel: $ 37,5mln ( priced in 2012) * Su 35: $40 to 65 mln * Zaab grippen: $68,9 mln * Rafael : $85,3 mln ( in 2013) * Eurofighter Typhoon: $95,17 mln ( in 2015) * F 35 lightning: $ 98 mln ( after 2018 becomes cheaper to 85 mln because of over production) it is the 5th gen fighter jet * F 22 Rafter ( 5th gen and the best fighter jet in the world): $ 150 mln ( in 2009) Now, can anyone explain why we pay $ 250 mln a piece for this 4 th gen fighter? When we can buy better jets Su 30 MKI ( $ 37,5 per unit). For 9 billion we can have 240 Su 30 MKI. What is the motive behind the ? Why stan and China buy at cheaper rate? The French are the worst supplier. Once you buy their products they strangle you with cost escalation. We saw recently, French mirrage 2000, it costs 3 billion to upgrade them. Any way French are the worst choice for weapon. May be if stan had ordered they could get them for 30 mln a piece just like the US offer them for discount price. We buy weapon with fake price and a large sum of money disappears into some groups pocket or we don't buy and let our armed forces suffer without arms and amunitions. 9 billion for 4th gen jets, 250 mln a piece ? Is it the more expensive than f22? Can anyone explain please. I urge the government to ignore the French and more than Su 30 MKI instead and make our IF more potent.
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    Raghu Panjala
    Jan 25, 2016 at 3:13 pm
    Where did u get this info?Link plz!!
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    Gopakumar Janardanan
    Jan 24, 2016 at 1:16 pm
    Dear Mr. Hollande,Can your Rafale fighter jets Survive Those Russian S-300/ S-400 missiles???? You may answer to this question to the entire Indian Citizen before you take those US dollar 9Bln. with you.
  4. J
    Jan 24, 2016 at 2:04 pm
    My dear, don't compare BMW with Suzuki. Here you are paying more for its advance technology and its long life quality. Some time we have to look for advance technology and quality in defence products but sure not name sake buying.
  5. J
    Jan 24, 2016 at 1:54 pm
    Yes Mr. Dear, Rafael Fighter Jets are much more technically advanced and even it can easily shoot down those Russian S-300/S-400 Missiles.
  6. C
    Jan 24, 2016 at 7:00 am
    In the interest of National Security would be nice to let the people know where our PM and French President are visiting.
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