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    Shubham

    Some movement regarding the Rafale deal. I hope we expedite the process of signing the deal.

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    Anonymous

    rafale deal will be signed by upa only after 2014 elections if they hopefully win. If nda comes then the deal will be awarded to eurofighter and if third front wins then the entire mmrca deal will get scrapped.

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    manas

    India has a very sweet, stable and enduring diplomatic relationship with France since a long time. Further more france has a very good track record of supplying defence equipments to india. So scrapping the deal with france or even switching to the eurofighter controsium is very unlikely who ever the ruling party in india may be, but yes delays, long or short is inevitable due to the red tapism attitude of GOI.

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    Mr. Ra

    GOI from their side shall expedite this project.

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    Anonymous

    shiv you are sitting in the second cockpit .pls tell MOD not to accept any more anonymous letters from anons and from manipulating persons (MP) from parliaments….

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    Anonymous

    I feel the Rafale deal must be scrapped as it is too expensive with rupee falling we cannot just afford it. It makes me very upset as they are asking 41 Million for upgrade of Mirage with body which is very old and a questionable engine that may not fly more than couple of years.I feel we should get out of the deal and develop LCA mark 2 to its full potential and mass produce it on a modern assembly line.

    TIMBAKTOO

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    Anonymous

    Hi
    would love to read about your experience in the Rafale cockpit….

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    Joanna

    Thanks for this post Shiv.

    Anon @7.54am, the Rafale was chosen precisely because it offered the cheapest bid. So maybe you’re suggesting India abandons its decision to renew its air fleet altogether?

    True, India is working on a 5th generation fighter with Russia but the modernization of the Indian army cannot rely on cooperation with Russia only. I think the choice of the Rafale reflects the country’s determination to maintain its autonomy in the area of defense. I recommend this article for further details: http://www.mestrategicperspectives.com/2012/04/28/the-decisive-parameters-in-the-latest-india-france-combat-aircraft-deal/

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