India has finalized a deal for 36 Dassault Rafales during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to France. The deal comes after three years of Dassault and the Indian Air force (IAF) working on the larger Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) contract.
The Rafale was shortlisted in 2012 as the final aircraft during the IAF’s MMRCA competition. The original MMRCA tender was for 126 aircraft out of which 108 were to be built in India. It is not yet clear as to how this order will affect the MMRCA tender.
The aircraft will be built in France and be delivered to India in a fly away condition as soon as possible.
Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation
“Just as we are delivering the first upgraded Mirage 2000, I am delighted by the decision of the Indian Authorities which gives a new impetus to our partnership for the next decades and comes within the scope of the strategic relationship gathering France and India”