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HAL Prepares To Assemble and Manufacture Rafale MMRCA with French Help
With the French fighter plane Rafale emerging as the winner in the $ 11 billion MMRCA deal, state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is getting organized to manufacture the Rafale combat planes in India. India will be receiving the first 18 fighters in a flyway condition out of the total 126 planes within three years while HAL will gear up to assemble and manufacture the remaining 108 planes in India. With the Rafale fighter becoming IAF’S choice.
Agreement Between French Dassault And Indian Reliance Industries Limited
Barely a week after bagging the USD 15 billion 126 fighter aircraft deal, French Dassault and Indian Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) have signed an agreement under which they will start working together in defence and homeland security sector from next week. "Dassault Aviation, a major player in the global aerospace industry, has entered into a MoU with Reliance Industries, for pursuing strategic opportunities of collaboration in the area of complex manufacturing and support in India," the two companies said in a joint statement.
Brazil Seeks India’s Help for Selecting Fighter Planes as Brazilian Defence Minister Meets Indian Top Brass
Seeking to gain from India’s experience in carrying out the world’s biggest deal vis-à-vis the $ 11 billion MMRCA deal, Brazil has approached India for assistance in its forthcoming defence procurement. The Brazilian Defence Minister Celso Amorim was in New Delhi earlier this week to discuss ways of building up greater bilateral military ties and gaining insight into the selection process of the MMRCA since Brazil is on the verge of selecting a fighter for its air force. Brazilian Defence Minister Celso Amorim met with Prime Minister.
Post MMRCA, French Firms Stand Tall in the Indian Defence Market
With the selection of the Dassault Aviation’s Rafale combat aircraft in the biggest defence deal worth roughly $ 11 billion for Indian Air force (IAF), the French firm Thales also stands to gain a substantial chunk of the deal. French firm Thales will stand to gain 25 percent of the value of the MMRCA contract since it will supply the active electronic array radar and onboard electronics. Besides the MMRCA, the Mirage fighters upgrade deal will also involve French giants Dassault and Thales besides European consortium MBDA.
French company Dassault Aviation's Rafale has won the $10.4 billion MMRCA deal
French major Dassault Rafale today bagged India's biggest-ever multi-billion dollar deal for procuring 126 combat aircraft for the air force. In the tender, the French firm was declared as the lowest bidder, who according to the Indian defence procurement procedure is offered the deal. 'The French firm Dassault Rafale has emerged as the L1 (lowest bidder) and cheaper than its European rival EADS in the tender and will be offered to supply the aircraft to the IAF,' informed sources said here.
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