Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar Says NDA Govt. Will Buy Only 36 Rafales; No Need For 126

by Abbas Adil

 

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New Delhi: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar termed the UPA’s proposed deal for 126 Rafale fighter jets too expensive and said the NDA government will buy only 36 jets only.

Parrikar said that the UPA deal for 126 Rafales was way too expensive and it would have hampered other modernisation plans of the Indian military.

Parrikar said the Committee, that has been set up to work out the contract, would complete the task in the next 2-3 months.

The minister underlined that Rafales are not a replacement for MiG-21s. He said that the MiGs would be replaced by the indigenous Tejas Light Combat Aircraft.

Explaining the strike capability of the Rafales and the kind of weapons it is fitted with, Parrikar said the French fighter jet was a “deep-striking fourth generation plus” aircraft.

“Wherever there is a need of defence of this country, I will not hesitate to advise the Prime Minister to go for government-to-government deal,” he said. 

The Modi government has scrapped the over USD 20 billion deal for 126 Rafales more than three years after Dassault was declared the lowest bidder under UPA’s tenure.

The PM Modi during his France visit announced the decision to buy 36 of these jets in a fly-away condition under a government-to-government (G2G) contract.

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