‘Freely chose Reliance Group as partner’: Dassault Aviation dismisses French website’s claims on Rafale deal

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The newest claims come amid Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s three-day go to to France.

Hours after French media made startling revelations on the Rafale jet buy deal, Dassault Aviation issued a clarification stating that it freely chose to make a partnership with India’s Reliance Group. Earlier on Wednesday, French web site “Mediapart’ reported that Dassault Aviation agreed to enter right into a  three way partnership with Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence as it was offered as a ‘trade-off’ if the defence main have been to bag the 36 Rafale jet deal.

In its defence, Dassault Aviation clarified that it freely chose to make a partnership with India’s Reliance Group. “This joint-venture, Dassault Reliance Aerospace Ltd (DRAL), was created February 10, 2017. Other partnerships have been signed with different corporations such as BTSL, DEFSYS, Kinetic, Mahindra, Maini, SAMTEL,… Other negotiations are ongoing with a hundred-odd different potential companions”, it added.

“Within framework of Sept’16 Inter-Govt Agreement b/w France and India, Dassault Aviation bought 36 Rafale plane to India. In compliance with Indian laws (Defence Procurement Procedure), Dassault Aviation dedicated to offsets value 50% of worth of buy”, the French aerospace main said.

Earlier on September, put up former French President’s claims that Dassault Aviation was given no selection however to companion Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group for the offset clause within the deal, the defence main in its clarification had said that ts partnership with Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group for making components of Falcon and Rafale plane its personal selection. Dassault Aviation clarified that the 2016 contract for 36 Rafale plane sale to India was a authorities to authorities deal, which offered for a separate contract during which Dassault Aviation dedicated for making compensation investments (offsets) in India value half the worth of the acquisition.

The newest claims come amid Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s three-day go to to France throughout which each side are anticipated to deliberate on additional boosting their already shut defence and safety ties.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had introduced the procurement of a batch of 36 Rafale jets after talks with the then French President Francois Hollande on April 10, 2015 in Paris. The ultimate deal was sealed on September 23, 2016.

The Congress has been alleging huge irregularities within the deal, saying the federal government was procuring every plane at a price of over Rs 1,670 crore as in opposition to Rs 526 crore finalised by the UPA authorities when it was negotiating the deal.

However, the federal government has vehemently rejected the allegations and asserted that it didn’t have any position within the number of Reliance Defence.

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