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The fate of supplies of Russian Su-30MKI in exchange for French Rafale should be decided in the near future
Tomorrow the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi will hold talks with French President Francois Hollande and representatives of the French "business community," reports TASS.
In an interview with the French newspaper Le Figaro, answering a question from French journalists about the current stage of negotiations, Narendra Modi noted that “the Rafale issue is still a subject of discussion and we must achieve progress on a mutually acceptable basis”.
Как reported earlier in EastRussia, in India in January 2012, the MMRCA tender for the supply of weapons was held in order to modernize the Indian air forces. The winner was the fourth-generation French multipurpose fighter Rafale. The contract for the purchase of similar fighters for the Indian Air Force 126 is estimated at more than 20 billion dollars. Parters had only to agree on the terms of the order, remembering that New Daily wanted the 108 fighter jets to be assembled in India with a turnkey technology transfer.
However, negotiations with the French side dragged on for more than 3 year. According to the French edition of the Military Zone (Zone militaire), this is due to the lengthy time-consuming Indian procedures (after all, “we are not talking about selling silk”), as well as the fact that “some are doing everything to negotiate failed, as Germany and the UK, who could not digest their defeat, as well as Russia, which does not miss the opportunity to criticize the tender MMRCA, to better place their checkers in the game (SU-30 and fifth-generation T 50).
However, despite all this, the Zone militaire writes that the French-Indian talks have reached the home stretch today. French supplier Dassault Aviation is full of optimism: the contract may be signed in March next year, which means before the end of the tax year in India. March came, but the contract was never signed.
According to the French edition, the negotiations dragged on at the final stage. And it is connected “Apparently due to the fact that the French manufacturer does not want to take responsibility (terms, losses) for Rafali, collected by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), an aircraft manufacturer in India”.
According to the Indian Business Standard, the Indian Defense Minister approved 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.
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 year 2012 a contract was concluded for the 42 of the Su-30 of the MKI, and already by February of the year 2014 Russia delivered 28 from 42 fighters to India. These fighters will be produced by Irkut Corporation OJSC (as part of UAC).
At the same time, OJSC Irkut Corporation discusses with the Indian partners the course and prospects for the development of the Su-30MKI program. “It is envisaged that scientific institutions and industrial enterprises of India will take part in the Su-30MKI modernization program, which will significantly increase the combat capabilities of the aircraft. The designers are working on the integration of the Su-30MKI Russian-Indian supersonic cruise missile "BrahMos" into the armament, which will significantly increase the combat capabilities of this unique combat complex ", - said the representative of "Irkut" at the aerospace exhibition Aero India-2015.