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French Ambassador to India Asked About Excessive Rafale Fighter Price

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Indian journalists asked French Ambassador to India Emmanuel Lénin whether the first contracted Rafale fighters to be delivered to the Indian Air Force this summer. A question was also raised about why the French fighters were so expensive for the Indian customer.


Recall that earlier in India they reported such a contract for the purchase of 36 Rafal fighters, in which one plane costs the Indian budget 218 million euros. It is today, for example, about three times more expensive than the 5th generation American fighter F-35. This is an excessively high price, which is said in India itself.

The French ambassador noted that, despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic, France "will deliver on time the deliveries of fighters contracted by India." At the same time, the ambassador noted that the amount of the contract includes the supply of not only the aircraft themselves, but also weapons to them. Also, according to him, we are talking about the costs of training Indian pilots.

It is noted that Rafale for India are created in a "special modification." For example, multimedia helmets with displays from an Israeli manufacturer are reported, electronic warfare systems, a computer system for registering flight data with the function of exchange and analysis, infrared search and target tracking systems.

And the Indian Air Force added that the contract price includes deliveries by the French side of air-launched missiles Meteor (air-to-air class) and Scalp (cruise missile). The MBDA Meteor was adopted by the air forces of a number of EU countries in 2013. The maximum flight range is just over 100 km. The Indian Air Force noted that the Meteor missiles will allow combat aviation expand their capabilities and act "in all weather conditions."

The SCALP (Storm Shadow) missile is a French-British development that has been in operation in the air forces of Great Britain, France, Italy and other countries since 2002. The cost of a rocket when ordering more than 1 thousand units is about 1 million euros. If India ordered a thousand of these missiles, then this is already 1 billion euros. However, according to the latest data, we are talking about smaller volumes of an order for SC SCALP, which may indicate a higher price per unit than 1 million euros for Indian customers.

Let’s introduce a few comments from readers of Military Review to previous material on India’s purchase of Rafale fighters.

MooH:

In short, when buying a cactus, they deceived themselves, and now cry, prick, but continue to eat it.

The same LEKHA:

218 million euros ... to see here three hundred percent of profits from manufacturers of military equipment ... the French bourgeois is clearly crazy about such profits ... I think this also includes kickbacks for Indian officials.
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  1. The leader of the Redskins
    The leader of the Redskins 25 May 2020 07: 07 New
    +9
    Why are these questions asked to the ambassador? A person knowledgeable in politics? Let him ask a representative of the company, and even better, ITS OWN generals how tenders are held and what for what?
    1. Thrifty
      Thrifty 25 May 2020 07: 28 New
      +2
      Nazariy, everyone wants to eat, for the kind of money the French ambassador is ready to distill to India in his free time! !!
    2. Basil50
      Basil50 25 May 2020 07: 34 New
      -1
      But it seems to me that this is a purely foreign policy gesture.
      In India, there is increased advertising and * cultural values ​​* and * traditions * and much more. Even the fact that Moody from the caste * of the untouchables * is also in a small bottle of self-promotion. There, more recently, a * guru * was advertised who spit * a clot * of gold. The world tour of this * guru * was noisy and very lucrative.
      Now they are advertising the next * guru * with the same TTX, and of course with an international tour of advertising * Hindu culture * and paid training to spit gold.
      So it seems to me that the situation with rafals is advertising, it seems like a little expensive, but nothing Indian * gurus * will give a damn about any hill of gold.
    3. Bar1
      Bar1 25 May 2020 08: 26 New
      +2
      French Ambassador to India Asked About Excessive Rafale Fighter Price


      such a rich and powerful state as India is Barat and trifles for French planes, which are the most the best exterminators of all countries, times and peoples. They say 300 lyam, then 300, say 400, then 400. Who counts this money? Like gold cabbage for 80 rubles, despite the fact that in the store it is 30.
    4. kulinar
      kulinar 25 May 2020 09: 12 New
      +1
      Because the issue of supplies due to the "coronavirus pandemic" and the shutdown of production throughout Europe has moved from the economic plane to the political one ...
      And the cost should worry before signing the contract, and not after ...
    5. Runoway
      Runoway 25 May 2020 10: 22 New
      -1
      Let him ask a representative of the company, and even better, ITS OWN generals how tenders are held and what for what?

      Ask Medvedev about iveco when your tigers were ready
      Rafafale in India is the failure of our defense industry exports above all. And it doesn’t matter for what reasons the 35th was given bad or few bribes, it FAILED anyway, since the French managed to strike such an expensive plane, under which the Indians also had to change the entire infrastructure
    6. avg
      avg 25 May 2020 14: 00 New
      +2
      Why are these questions asked to the ambassador? A person knowledgeable in politics? Let him ask a representative of the company, and even better, OUR generals

      Because the ambassador, as a representative of the elite, knows better than the military that these fighters are saturated with the priceless spirit of French freedom and democracy and will be able to explain that when the natives buy these planes, they will also be able, to some extent, to touch these enduring values.
  2. Graz
    Graz 25 May 2020 07: 11 New
    +5
    something a cruise missile is more expensive than a tomahawk, for the Yankees it seems to be in the region of 750 to
    1. Vasyan1971
      Vasyan1971 25 May 2020 09: 21 New
      +3
      Quote: Graz
      something a cruise missile is more expensive than a tomahawk, for the Yankees it seems to be in the region of 750 to

      The price includes beautiful crispy packaging, a brilliant wrench and training specialist loaders.
    2. +5
      +5 25 May 2020 11: 59 New
      +1
      1,4 Lyama in the option Block 4 g of the contract of the year 2004 ....
  3. Uncle lee
    Uncle lee 25 May 2020 07: 12 New
    +3
    Rafale for India are created in a "special modification."
    So 218 million eureka is not even a pity .... laughing
  4. Thrifty
    Thrifty 25 May 2020 07: 26 New
    -1
    And each cow will have a live cow so that the pilots in flight can pray for the sacred animal, if that ... laughing
    1. Graz
      Graz 25 May 2020 07: 33 New
      +2
      pf finely. they put the whole ganesha laughing
  5. silberwolf88
    silberwolf88 25 May 2020 07: 32 New
    +2
    Contracts must be carefully read BEFORE (including the letter) ... then such questions are inappropriate ...
    1. kulinar
      kulinar 25 May 2020 09: 06 New
      0
      In fact, the price tag for the Fu35 reflects only the cost of the aircraft itself. And the contract for Rafaelki provides for the supply of weapons, pilot training and maintenance ...
      You can buy a business class ticket aboard British Airways and enjoy a free drink, a delicious lunch and a transforming chair throughout the flight ...
      Or you can buy a ticket for Ryanair, where for the service on board you will give away another (if you will not abuse) the cost of the ticket, and the seats, not that they do not transform, do not even fold out!
      At a short distance, you can still put up with it, but if you fly more than three hours ....
      An example may not be successful, but graphic.
  6. Mavrikiy
    Mavrikiy 25 May 2020 07: 34 New
    +1
    Rafal costs the Indian budget 218 million euros. This is about three times more expensive than the 5th generation American fighter F-35.
    fellow fellow “Well, you get an eagle, not a puffed penguin.” request
  7. knn54
    knn54 25 May 2020 07: 42 New
    0
    If India wants to buy the S-400, then the French will instantly join the American sanctions. And then what?
    1. Volodin
      Volodin 25 May 2020 08: 08 New
      +6
      Quote: knn54
      If India wants to buy a S-400

      What does "want" mean? Already "wanted" ... The contract has been signed, the first funds have gone, work on the creation of the S-400 for India is already underway.

      Another question is that nothing will prevent France from "turning on the sanctions" (if asked very strongly in Washington) after receiving funds for the Rafali and after their delivery to India.
    2. MakStVik
      MakStVik 25 May 2020 11: 02 New
      +1
      Everyone remembers the Mistral.
  8. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 25 May 2020 07: 43 New
    +2
    So questions to buyers must be asked! And to those who organized the tender, and to those who claimed the results ... What does the ambassador have to do with it?
  9. aszzz888
    aszzz888 25 May 2020 08: 04 New
    0
    It is noted that Rafale for India are created in a "special modification."
    laughing ! So that you can fly with an elephant. bully
  10. Ravil_Asnafovich
    Ravil_Asnafovich 25 May 2020 08: 26 New
    0
    Hah, what about the ambassador signing a contract? Ask yours.
  11. Vasyan1971
    Vasyan1971 25 May 2020 09: 17 New
    0
    It is noted that Rafale for India are created in a "special modification."

    Yes, yes, they did. Some beautiful letters on the tail painted. wassat
  12. MakStVik
    MakStVik 25 May 2020 11: 01 New
    0
    Hindus in their repertoire.
  13. Gennady Fomkin
    Gennady Fomkin 25 May 2020 18: 53 New
    0
    laughing The Idus thought that all technologies were being distributed for free.
  14. DDT
    DDT 25 May 2020 21: 47 New
    -1
    So to replace the entire infrastructure and came out such a price. Now the Indians have sober up and are starting to scratch Mango, but was it worth it ... Although I think many do not take into account the fact that probably no one except the French was ready to sell them aircraft carriers of nuclear weapons. The same MiG-35, the Russian Federation would not give in such a "configuration" given such "warm" relations with China. And this is the whole batch.
  15. Fitter65
    Fitter65 26 May 2020 00: 49 New
    +1
    Rafal, in which one plane costs the Indian budget 218 million euros. It is today, for example, about three times more expensive than the 5th generation American fighter F-35.

    -Man, how much do you ask for your "four"?
    - Two and a half million ...
    - What's so expensive?
    - Yes, the money is very necessary ...
  16. Miron
    Miron 26 May 2020 09: 25 New
    0
    Than a helmet with cartoons will help the 4th generation car with very mediocre characteristics and a slot radar.
  17. Bukhryakov Alexander Vasilievich
    Bukhryakov Alexander Vasilievich 26 May 2020 20: 02 New
    0
    The French turned out to be a blunder. They hindered their Indians to the Indians, who really didn’t need anyone except the French themselves. Of course, as they say, strike the iron while it's hot and everything can be said there. Now it remains to follow the course of events. I think the Indians refused in vain to collaborate in dreams. the bourgeois will fly into a pretty penny and don’t do anything in vain and they’ll take their own anyway