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Rafale in India - 126 or nothing?

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The purchase of 126 fighters, dubbed the “mother of all defense deals,” may not take place either this or the next fiscal year. Although the Indian Air Force, who expected Rafale to replenish their thinning fighter fleet, initiated the procurement process back in 2007.


Currently, commercial negotiations with a French supplier, which began in the first quarter of 2012, are continuing and far from completion, reports Indian Financial Express. Newspaper sources have denied that the number of fighters will be reduced to complete the transaction in this fiscal year. “This option, of course, is not considered. It is worth remembering that the request for proposal was made on the basis of 126 fighters. To change the number of aircraft will have to start the process from scratch, ”- says the source.

Moreover, even if negotiations are completed this quarter, the approval of the Minister of Defense will be required, as well as the agreement of the Governmental Safety Committee (CSS).

Answering the question whether the price of fighters will rise due to the delay of the process, one of the senior officers of the Indian Air Force explained: “Such commercial offers have a validity period, and it is extended until all negotiations complete successfully. Since the process has slowed down, the government will contact the supplier with a request to keep the former price of fighters. Usually suppliers leave the same price, prolonging the commercial offer. The extended offer should be valid with a margin of a few months when it gets for final CSS approval. ”

The request for the tender for the MMRCA tender for the supply of 126 multi-purpose combat aircraft was set at a total amount of 10,6 billion dollars (at the request date).

The document on the 211 pages contains requirements for the acquisition, transfer of technology, licensed production and maintenance of the aircraft. Under the terms of the contract, the first 18 aircraft must be delivered in finished form, and the remaining 108 will be assembled under license in an Indian enterprise.
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  1. alex-s
    alex-s 20 February 2014 11: 55
    +5
    Rafale in India - 126 or nothing?

    Nothing, of course, much cheaper! laughing
    1. Retx
      Retx 20 February 2014 12: 50
      +5
      According to rumors from the Indians, instead of nothing there may be MiGs.
    2. Geisenberg
      Geisenberg 20 February 2014 18: 02
      +1
      Quote: alex-s
      Rafale in India - 126 or nothing?

      Nothing, of course, much cheaper! laughing


      Why do nothing? 126 MiG-29 would be just right :)
  2. polkovnik manuch
    polkovnik manuch 20 February 2014 12: 06
    +8
    What are we happy about? We missed the deal, delayed the work on creating a joint machine and quickly look for an excuse. It's time to move away from such schemes, for all (all failures) there are specific persons and they must be responsible! After all, this is not a kindergarten, you cannot promote our equipment for sale, develop, deepen, expand the country's presence on the world arms market - leave, there will be specialists, as the saying goes: "a holy place, nothing is empty."
    1. SSR
      SSR 20 February 2014 14: 14
      0
      Quote: polkovnik manuch
      What are we happy about? If you defied a deal, you cannot promote our equipment for sale, develop, deepen, expand the country's presence in the world arms market - leave, there will be specialists, as the saying goes: "a holy place, nothing is empty."

      In order to promote technology, it must meet the request as efficiently as possible and our MiG does not have such a modernization IMHA for today.
  3. Wiruz
    Wiruz 20 February 2014 13: 50
    +6
    Russia should soon take the MiG-35 into service, then you look and the Indians from the Raphaels will refuse in favor of the MiG.
    1. Hitrovan07
      Hitrovan07 20 February 2014 16: 54
      +2
      Judging by the "gestures" of the UAC leadership, either the leadership will leave or the MiG-35 will come. am
    2. supertiger21
      supertiger21 20 February 2014 17: 21
      +2
      Quote: Wiruz
      Russia should soon take MiG-35 into service


      The date for "Sooner" has already been determined, 2016. Although it was planned to sign the contract back in September last year.
  4. APASUS
    APASUS 20 February 2014 21: 43
    +1
    It is necessary to conduct parallel negotiations with the Indians, to offer their price, technology, plant construction, and not to sit on the ass straight! Judging by the leaked infa, it’s not so simple and we can just play on the odds.
    Champagne does not flow under a lying stone - it’s time to learn for a long time already !!!
    1. supertiger21
      supertiger21 20 February 2014 22: 56
      0
      Quote: APASUS
      It is necessary to conduct parallel negotiations with the Indians, to offer their price, technology, plant construction, and not to sit on the ass straight!


      I agree! Even when we create the PAK FA together with the Indians, the Americans once again put sticks in their wheels obsessively offering the F-35. So we are worse, we can also push Dassault's company with their Rafal. There is only one big problem ... Poghosyan !