What Is Rafale Deal Controversy? All Facts

The Rafale Deal Controversy is a political controversy in India related to the purchase of 36 multirole fighter aircraft for a price estimated to be  worth Rs 58,000 crore (7.8 billion Euros) by The Defence Ministry of India from France’s Dassault Aviation

1. Negotiations with Dassault for Rafale didn’t fail.

As Current govt claims, Negotiations with Rafale didn’t fail, but differences ironed out and Dassault and HAL signed a work share agreement. As everyone claim, Dassault Reliance JV was not formed in 2016, but immediately after PM’s announcement.


2. Modi’s Rafale Deal Time Line:

March 10, 2015 – Dassault Annual Results 2014 released. It says “the continuation of exclusive negotiations with the Indian authorities and Indian industrial partners to finalize the contract for the sale / licensing of 126 RAFALE,”

3. March 11, 2015

CEO Eric Trappier says Dassault and HAL signed a work share agreement. “This is the first time Dassault agrees to be a co-contractor.”

Read: http://aviationweek.com/defense/dassault-hal-be-co-contractors-indian-built-rafales

4. March 11, 2015

Eric Trappier On the Price Escalation: in euros, its cost has not increased since 2012. And the euro’s depreciation compared to the US dollar makes Rafale more competitive than its foreign competitors.

Read: http://www.defense-aerospace.com/articles-view/feature/5/161735/warranty-compromise-agreed-on-india-rafale-contract.html

5. 25 March 2015

The deal to purchase 126 Rafales is now “95 percent completed,” with Dassault Aviation working with the Indian authorities to review thousands of contract pages – Eric Trappier.

Read: https://thewire.in/government/rafale-deal-modi-must-use-opportunity-clear-air-transparent

Read: https://www.defensenews.com/2015/03/26/dassault-work-on-india-rafale-sale-95-done/

6. March 28, 2015

ADAG incorporated Reliance Defence Ltd.

7. April 3, 2015

PM informs the clueless Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar about his decision to purchase less number of Rafale in fly away condition.

Read: https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/as-rafale-pact-is-inked-many-concerns-remain-116092201054_1.html

8. April 8, 2015

The then foreign secretary says PM’s visit will not alter the ongoing negotiations between Dassault Aviation, GoI, IAF and HAL and nothing related to Rafale in PM’s official itinerary.

Read: https://www.mea.gov.in/Speeches-Statements.htm?dtl/25044/Transcript+of+Media+Briefing+by+Foreign+Secretary+on+Prime+Ministers+forthcoming+visits+to+France+Germany+and+Canada+8+April+2015

9. 10 April 2015

Dassault Group’s Newspaper Le-Figaro quotes French President Hollande and says discussion for 126 Rafale is in advanced stage and he expects the deal to be concluded soon.

Watch: http://video.lefigaro.fr/figaro/video/vente-de-rafales-a-l-inde-nous-ne-sommes-pas-loin-assure-francois-hollande/4165227116001/

10. April 10, 2015

PM Narendra Modi announces: “I have asked President (Francois Hollande) to supply 36 ready-to-fly Rafale jets to India”.

“The aircraft and associated systems and weapons would be delivered on the same configuration as had been tested and approved by IAF, and with a longer maintenance responsibility by France,” – mentioned in the Joint statement by Modi and Hollande

11. April 13, 2015

The then DM Parrikar says,the decision to go for 36 Rafale was taken by Modi himself! He says, 126 aircrafts would have had a total cost of 90,000 crore and Modi’s deal will be much cheaper, though he didn’t have the complete information!

12.April 24, 2015

ADAG incorporated Reliance Aerostructure Limited with authorised and paid-up capital of 5 lakh each

13. March 25, 2015 to April 30, 2015

Dassault Aviation formed a JV with either a yet to born company then or a company which was just born and HAL was kicked out of the deal.









14. Procedural violation done by PM to announce this deal without taking the opinion of IAF, DAC and other relevant authorities and the then Defence Minister is so glaring and govt didn’t clarify how could PM do this and the legality of his action.

15. The current DM of India and her cabinet colleagues, BJP leaders and the entire RW and govt supporting media houses and their journalists want Indians to believe RFP negotiations failed due to HAL, high Price and Modi’s deal was a clean one!!


Credits: Mr.Ravi Nair From the Wire & Various Media Houses.






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