Mark Collins – “Absurd”: Continuing India/France Rafale Fighter Buy Balls-Up, Part 2 (plus Gripen)

Further to this post, two stories at Defense News “Early Bird Brief”:

France Imposes New Conditions on Rafale Deal With India
(Defense News) France has quietly insisted that an $8.9 billion government-to-government (G2G) deal with India be signed before a 50 percent offset deal for Rafale fighters is finalized, according to a French Embassy source in India…

Saab Seeks Inroads In Indian Fighter Deals
(Aviation Week & Space Technology) The debris of India’s much-vaunted fighter contest, the now dead multibillion dollar Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA), has cleaned the slate for an intriguing contracting battlefield…

Indian defence procurement at times sure seems Canadianesque.

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds


11 thoughts on “Mark Collins – “Absurd”: Continuing India/France Rafale Fighter Buy Balls-Up, Part 2 (plus Gripen)”

  1. En nuke fin? At DID (further links at original):

    Asia Pacific

    Dassault Rafale fighters purchased by the Indian government are believed to operate as the platform to take over the nuclear strike role external link from the Indian Air Force’s current fleet of Mirage 2000 fighters. It’s expected that a long awaited Inter-Government Agreement for the purchase of 36 of the French fighter will be announced over the next few days after New Delhi dropped its initial plan to procure 126 Rafales. While there is a follow up clause for an additional 12 Rafales, the IAF’s capability gap will be filled by either the indigenous Tejas fighters, or another foreign fighter such as the Gripen or F-16, both of which have been offered in conjunction with the “Make in India” initiative…”

    On verra.

    Mark Collins

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