Why Rafale deal of 2016 is better than 2008.. See 10 point guide! (VIDEO)
\New Delhi: The multi-million Rafale deal has generated enough fireworks in the political sphere and gave much political fodder to the Opposition to target the Modi government, which in turn has been equally aggressive and belligerent in nullifying allegations of irregularities in inking the contract.
The process of buying fleet of Rafale jets began in 2008 when the Congress-led UPA government signed the deal to purchase 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) in 2007, under the then Defence Minister AK Antony.
But, the deal never went through because of change in government in both the countries.
Almost 10 years later, the BJP-led NDA government signed the deal for 36 Rafale jets in 2016. The delivery of aircraft will begin from September 2019.
Here, we provide a 10-point guide to decipher the merits of the deal signed under Modi government. This shows why the NDA deal is better than the UPA deal.
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What is Rafale deal ?
Rafales are twin-engine Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) manufactured by Dassault Aviation, a French firm.
The current Indian Air force (IAF) fleet largely consists of heavy and light-weight combat aircraft. Therefore, the Defence Ministry considered bringing in intermediate medium-weight fighter jets.
It has been 10 years since the deliberations and deal inking began, however, the first bunch of fighter aircrafts will start coming from September 2019.