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India exerts pressure on France, referring to the purchase of Russian SU-30 MKI in exchange for the French "Rafale"

According to the French edition of the Military Zone (Zone militaire), India is exerting pressure on France, citing the purchase of additional SU-30 MKI.

In India, in January 2012, an MMRCA tender was held for the supply of weapons in order to modernize the Indian Air Force. The winner was the fourth-generation French multirole fighter "Rafale". The contract for the purchase of 126 such fighters for the Indian Air Force is estimated at more than $ 10 billion. The partners only had to agree on the terms of the order, remembering that New Daily wanted 108 fighters to be assembled in India with a turnkey technology transfer.

However, negotiations with the French side dragged on for more than 3 years. In the opinion of the French newspaper, this is due to prolonged Indian procedures that take a long time (because "it's not about selling silk"), and also that "some do everything to prevent the talks from negotiating, like Germany and the UK, which do not could digest their defeat, as well as Russia, which does not miss the opportunity to criticize the tender MMRCA, in order to better place their checkers in the game (SU-30 and fifth-generation T-50 aircraft). "

However, in spite of all this, Zone militaire claims that the French-Indian talks today have reached the home stretch. The French company-supplier Dassault Aviation is full of optimism: the contract can be signed in March next year, which means - until the end of the tax year in India. Marshal of India Aviation Arup Raha in September 2014 declared his desire to see this issue closed as soon as possible.

According to the French edition, the negotiations dragged on at the last stage. And this is due, "apparently, to the fact that the French manufacturer does not want to take responsibility (timing, loss) for Rafali, collected by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the aircraft manufacturer in India."

In December, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, during a visit to New Delhi, expressed confidence: "Both governments share the desire to end the negotiations - adding - The sooner the contract is finalized and signed, the faster the planes can enter the industrial production line in India ". The Indian delegation, according to the newspaper, in turn, said that "Disagreements will be resolved on an expedited procedure". The French delegation should visit India in the near future in order to remove the remaining obstacles.

It is in this vein that Zone militaire proposes to consider the latest statements of Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar presented in the Indian and Russian press. So, according to the Indian Business Standard, the Minister of Defense of India spoke about the "bottlenecks" of negotiations (without details), after which he confirmed that «India could order additional multi-role fighters SU-30 MKI (collected under the HAL license) in case it is decided not to buy Rafali - the French edition informs.

Mr. Manohara Parrikara also added that "SU-30 MKI meets all requirements to meet the needs of the Indian Air Force. Currently, the Indian Air Force is planning to allocate for 272 aircraft of this type ".

Recall that in the same 2012 year was contracted for 42 aircraft Su-30 MKI, and by February 2014, Russia supplied to India 28 of 42 fighters.

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