Dassault ‘freely’ chose Reliance for Rafale partnership

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Oct 11, 2018 08:39 IST

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Paris , Oct 11 (ANI): Dassault Aviation clarified on Wednesday that it had “freely chosen” India’s Reliance Group for a partnership to arrange joint-venture Dassault Reliance Aerospace Ltd (DRAL) to fabricate components for Rafale plane and Falcon 2000 enterprise jets.
In an announcement, Dassault additional confirmed that “it has sold 36 Rafale aircraft to India within the framework of the September 2016 Inter-Government Agreement between France and India”.
The aviation firm additionally talked about that it created the three way partnership to ship the offsets dedicated to India. “In compliance with the Indian regulations (Defence Procurement Procedure) and as frequent with such a contract, Dassault Aviation has committed to offsets in India worth 50 percent of the value of the purchase”, the discharge learn. “In order to deliver some of these offsets, Dassault Aviation has decided to create a joint venture. Dassault Aviation has freely chosen to make a partnership with India’s Reliance Group”, they additional added whereas stating that DRAL was created on February 10, 2017.
The assertion additional said that the Central Works Council was knowledgeable in regards to the creation of DRAL on May 11, 2017 by the Chief Operating Officer Loik Segalen, in compliance with French laws.
Dassault additionally stated that “negotiations are ongoing with a hundred-odd other potential partners” and in addition confirmed that different partnerships have been signed with corporations like “BTSL, DEFSYS, Kinetic, Mahindra, Maini, SAMTEL.”
They additionally clarified that the DRAL plant in Nagpur, the cornerstone of which was laid down on October 27, 2017, will manufacture components for Falcon 2000 enterprise jets and “in a second step”, components for Rafale plane. They confirmed that the primary Falcon 2000 components shall be delivered by the top of this yr, including that an preliminary crew of Indian managers and expert employees had been educated in France for the manufacturing processes.
The Rafale jets had been chosen in the course of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) tenure in 2012. Initially, India had deliberate to purchase 18 off-the-shelf jets from France, with 108 others to be assembled within the nation by the state-run aerospace and defence firm Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
However, in 2015, the Centre led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi scrapped the UPA’s plan and introduced that it could purchase 36 “ready-to-fly” Rafale jets as an alternative of searching for a know-how switch from France’s Dassault Aviation and making the plane in India. The deal was signed within the yr 2016.
The Congress has been alleging that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) authorities has been procuring every plane at a value of over Rs 1,670 crore as towards Rs 526 crore finalised by the then UPA authorities.
The controversy took a brand new twist just lately after former French President Hollande, with whom the deal was cleared, claimed that the Indian authorities had proposed Reliance Defence’s title because the offset companion for Dassault Aviation. (ANI)

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