The all-clear is here, and there’s no way to tell it but straight. Livefist
can confirm that India and France are all set to sign a government-to-government deal this month for the supply of 36 Dassault Rafale fighter jets to the Indian Air Force. A crucial final meeting on Monday, Jan 18 of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) will provide final approval, paving the way for contract signature. France’s Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, a man plenty familiar with India as a result of the meandering Rafale process, arrives in Delhi when the DAC meets, spurring reports that an agreement has already been reached — with formalities pending.
Livefist can also confirm that unresolved issues pertaining to offsets and pricing have been ironed out. Expect details later this week.
All 36 jets will be supplied in flyaway form from Dassault’s facility near the Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport. The deal will be signed on January 25 in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi & French President François Hollande who will be in Delhi later this month as chief guest at India’s Republic Day Parade.