Indian PM Modi Requests Urgent Delivery of 36 Rafale Jets From France
20:34 10.04.2015(updated 20:52 10.04.2015)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked France to urgently deliver 36 Rafale jets as quickly as possible.
NEW DELHI (Sputnik) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on France Friday to urgently deliver 36 Rafale jets.
The official spokesperson for India's foreign ministry Syed Akbaruddin quoted Modi's words on Twitter:
"Have requested 36 Rafale jets in fly-away condition as quickly as possible."
Earlier, Le Monde reported that India agreed to purchase 63 Rafale jets for $7.7 billion, citing a source in the Indian Ministry of External Affairs.
In 2012, India chose France's Dassault Aviation to supply it with 126 Rafale multirole fighter aircraft.
The multibillion dollar project has long been surrounded by uncertainty due to its high costs and Dassault's unwillingness to guarantee the performance of Rafale aircraft produced in India under transfer of technology agreements.
Previously, media reports suggested that India might cancel the deal with France altogether and consider buying Russian or British fighter jets instead.
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