Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar has informed that as per the India-France Joint Statement issued by the two countries during the Prime Minister’s visit to France, Government of India conveyed to the Government of France that in view of the critical operational necessity for Multirole Combat Aircraft for Indian Air Force (IAF), Government of India would like to acquire 36 Rafale jets in fly-away condition.
Both the sides also agreed to conclude an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) for supply of the aircraft. A Negotiating Team has been constituted to negotiate the terms and conditions of the procurement of 36 Rafale jets and recommend a draft agreement. The Negotiations are underway and IGA & Offset Contract are yet to be finalized. The details including transfer of technology through offsets will emerge after the negotiations are completed.
The Rafale aircraft being procured will have advanced features like Advanced Electronically Scanned Array Radar, mid-air refuelling and advanced Electronic Warfare equipment as part of its design.
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