India’s Rafale deal taking more time than expected

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India’s deal over Rafale fighter jets is not going as smoothly as expected. The sides have yet to reconcile their differences over a number of issues related to the deal.

According to India’s Defense Minister, the negotiations are underway, but the inter-government agreement and offset contract are yet to be finalized. The details, including transfer of technology through offsets, will emerge after the negotiations are completed.

The Minister added that it is not yet clear whether the fighter jets will be manufactured locally, adding that the aircraft will have advanced features like active electronically scanned array radar systems, the capacity for mid-air refueling and advanced electronic warfare equipment as part of their design.

Last week, India’s Defense Ministry, rejected France’s offer to sell 36 Rafale fighters for 8.49 bln USD. Sources say further price reduction is being sought.