RAFALES AIRCRAFT DEAL BATTLE
By Sandeep nagyaan · 15 Sep 2018
Currently the all Indian political parties having a big issue that is Rafales battle aircraft. Congress party against the BJP for this deal.
What is Rafale aircraft:- Rafale are two engine medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft(MMRCA) manufactured by Dassault Aviation. Rafale fighter jets are capable to perform a wide range of combat roles such as air supremacy, aerial reconnaissance, interdiction and ground support in depth strike, anti strike and nuclear deterrence.
What was the Rafale deal:- Indian government was deal with french Dassault Aviation firm to buy 126 aircraft in(Rs. 54,000 Crore). This proposal was establish in August 2007 during Congress government. Now Both India and France witnessed national elections and a change in government while the negotiations were under way. Pricing was another factor. Even during the signing of the purchase agreement, both the sides ,couldn’t reach a conclusion on the financial aspects. According to sources, the price of an aircraft it about Rs.740 crore and India wants them for at least 20 per cent lesser cost .Though the initial plan was to buy 126 jets, India scaled it down to 36, that too in ready condition.
Stand of Congress in this deal:- In November 2017, Congress alleged a 'huge scam’ in Rafale fighter jets deal. Saying that the contract violated the procurement procedure, the Congress party blamed the government for promoting of 'crony capitalist friends’ at the cost of a defence public sector unit, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.
Importance of this deal:- If India inducts these jets in its military fold, other nations could express its willingness to buy Rafales.This deal is India’s biggest-ever procurement. In the effectiveness of the Rafale deal lies the future of other defence procurements.