Indian Government Has signed an inter-governmental agreement with France.which is famous as “Rafale deal” In September 2016. In which India bought 36 off-the-shelf Dassault Rafale twin-engine fighters.price estimated to be Rs. 58,000 crore.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in April 2015 that India will make a purchase of 36 French manufactured Rafale fighter. The French aircraft builder, and integrator. This deal is completed in 2012.which make an effort to upgrade India’s aging fleet. As per the initial plan, it was about to buy 18 off the shelf jets from France’s Dassault Aviation.
The Modi led BJP government, however, drifted back from the UPA government to buy 126 Rafales on the grounds that it would be expensive and after a decade long negotiations between the two countries. However, losing a number of fighters and the need to provide new life to the Indian Air Force.PM Modi decided to buy 36 ‘ready to fly’ fighters in place of getting the technology from the Dassault and make it in India.
In January 2016, India confirmed the order of 36 Rafale jets with France. According to Rafale deal, Dassault and its main partners engine-maker Safran and electronic systems maker will share some technology with DRDO.
Soon after the announcement of the same Congress accused the ruling BJP of a non- transparent deal involving the multi-billion dollar and declared it as the biggest failure.
Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Refuse this claim. Anil Ambani-led Reliance Defence Limited with the government assuring that the renegotiated deal was transparent. It is better than the deal negotiated by the previous UPA government. It includes a superior weapons package and logistical support.
All this had been absent in the previous one. After this claim Reliance Defence also said that Reliance Aerostructure and Dassault Aviation which formed a joint venture Dassault Reliance Aerospace. After the agreement between two private companies, The Indian government has no role to play in this.