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India ordered 36 Rafale jets from France in a deal worth Rs 59,000 crore in September 2016 as an emergency purchase to arrest the worrying slide in the IAF’s combat capabilities. (Photo @Indian_Embassy)

5 Rafale jets fly out of France on 7,000 km trip to India, to be refueled mid-air

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2020 10:05 PM IST
The Rafale aircraft will cover a distance of nearly 7000 kms from France to India with air-to-air refuelling and a single stop en route in UAE.
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Dassault Aviation to collaborate on aeronautics with College of Engineering Pune.(REUTERS)
Dassault Aviation to collaborate on aeronautics with College of Engineering Pune.(REUTERS)

Dassault to collaborate on aeronautics with Pune college

By Indo Asian News Service | Pune
PUBLISHED ON OCT 17, 2019 05:48 PM IST
The long-term partnership comprises the launch of the first ‘Network of Excellence’ and ‘Aeronautical Integrated Design from Engineering to Maintenance’, according to a statement.
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HDIL’s 22-room farmhouse in Awas village, Alibaugh tehsil.(HT Photo)
HDIL’s 22-room farmhouse in Awas village, Alibaugh tehsil.(HT Photo)

22-room farmhouse, jet among HDIL assets seized in fresh raids

By Pratik Salunke | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2019 06:42 AM IST
The farmhouse, across two and half acres, is on the beachfront in the pristine village of Awas in Alibag tehsil, not far from the bungalow owned by fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi, which has already been attached by ED.
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An IAF Mirage 2000 during a drill, 2017. It is only because of the force’s good training, situational awareness, and some luck that this audacious PAF mission failed.(PTI)
An IAF Mirage 2000 during a drill, 2017. It is only because of the force’s good training, situational awareness, and some luck that this audacious PAF mission failed.(PTI)

Opinion | What the IAF-PAF dogfight reveals

By Shekhar Gupta
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2020 03:36 PM IST
The February 27 aerial duel shows India’s military capability doesn’t match its ambitions. Blame the nation’s tardy defence acquisition process for this.
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French aircraft maker Dassault Aviation on Wednesday said it would be in a position to set up a production line for Rafale jets in the country only if India placed an order for at least 100 fighters.(Reuters/File Photo)
French aircraft maker Dassault Aviation on Wednesday said it would be in a position to set up a production line for Rafale jets in the country only if India placed an order for at least 100 fighters.(Reuters/File Photo)

100-jet order needed to build Rafales in India: Dassault

By Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times, Yelahanka (Karnataka)
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2019 12:13 AM IST
Interacting with reporters on the opening day of Aero India 2019, Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier said the current order for 36 planes was not enough for the plane maker to set up a production line or manufacture Rafale parts in India.
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The Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) between France and India for the sale of Rafale fighter jets to the air force has in-built provisions to ensure that Indian interests are protected, a(REUTERS)
The Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) between France and India for the sale of Rafale fighter jets to the air force has in-built provisions to ensure that Indian interests are protected, a(REUTERS)

‘Rafale IGA protects Indian interests’: French Envoy

By Rahul Singh | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2019 11:47 PM IST
India floated a global tender in August 2007 to buy 126 planes but it stood cancelled after Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared in April 2015 that India would buy 36 Rafale planes from France under a government-to-government deal.
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During field evaluation trials, Eurofighter and Rafale were cleared based on their presentation in the lab as to how they proposed to meet the entire set of ASQR.(PTI Photo)
During field evaluation trials, Eurofighter and Rafale were cleared based on their presentation in the lab as to how they proposed to meet the entire set of ASQR.(PTI Photo)

Rafale, the fighter jet with 7 lives, survives amid row

By Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2019 11:53 AM IST
Between 2004 and 2015, the aircraft was often close to being ejected from IAF’s jet competition.
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Airport ground staff stand besides Tejas, India's first locally-built Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), before its induction into the Indian Air Force at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Airport in Bengaluru, India, July 1, 2016.(REUTERS)
Airport ground staff stand besides Tejas, India's first locally-built Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), before its induction into the Indian Air Force at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Airport in Bengaluru, India, July 1, 2016.(REUTERS)

Time, questions over quality hit HAL

By Sudhi Ranjan Sen
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2019 10:25 PM IST
The Opposition, in particular the Congress, has underlined that not manufacturing the fighter planes in India was a national loss. The Congress party has accused the government of deliberately leaving HAL out of the deal.
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Dassault-Reliance aims to roll out Falcon jets in 2022.(REUTERS)
Dassault-Reliance aims to roll out Falcon jets in 2022.(REUTERS)

Dassault-Reliance aims to roll out Falcon jets in 2022

By Rahul Singh | Nagpur
PUBLISHED ON FEB 08, 2019 12:01 AM IST
DRAL is assembling components for the Falcons and will eventually roll out the jets from a 150,000 square-foot production line as part of an offset commitment under the Rafale deal that requires the French plane-maker to source components worth 50% of the contract value locally.
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CAG is auditing the Rafale deal along with around a dozen other big-ticket procurements made by the MoD.(Reuters/File)
CAG is auditing the Rafale deal along with around a dozen other big-ticket procurements made by the MoD.(Reuters/File)

CAG finalising report on Rafale deal

By Rajesh Ahuja | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2019 07:31 AM IST
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) is finalising its report on the Rafale jet fighter deal and is likely to table it in Parliament in the budget session beginning on Thursday, said officials familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified.
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The prime minister evidently took the decision to scrap the old tender and purchase 36 Rafales without consulting the Air Force or the ministry of defence.(PTI)
The prime minister evidently took the decision to scrap the old tender and purchase 36 Rafales without consulting the Air Force or the ministry of defence.(PTI)

Question the government on Rafale

PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2019 07:48 AM IST
The handling of the Rafale issue by the Modi government have dealt a deep blow to India’s military modernisation.
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Union Minister, Smriti Irani address a press conference at BjP headquarter Deendayal Upadhyay Marg, Photos by Amal KS(HT Photo)
Union Minister, Smriti Irani address a press conference at BjP headquarter Deendayal Upadhyay Marg, Photos by Amal KS(HT Photo)

‘Yeh public hai, sab janti hai’: Smriti Irani on Chidambaram’s Rafale charge

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2019 06:40 PM IST
Chidambaram said the government has compromised national security by denying the Air Force 90 fighter aircraft and said “India will pay Rs 186 crore more per aircraft” after the new deal.
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Congress leader P Chidambaram at party headquarter in New Delhi on January 18.(HT Photo/ Raj K Raj)
Congress leader P Chidambaram at party headquarter in New Delhi on January 18.(HT Photo/ Raj K Raj)

NDA govt’s Rafale deal windfall for Dassault, says Chidambaram

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2019 05:40 PM IST
The former finance minister reiterated his party’s demand for a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe into the Rafale jet deal, saying the decision is not amenable to court but to a parliamentary panel.
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Supreme Court on December 14 had rejected petitions seeking a court-monitored CBI probe into the purchase of Rafale fighter jets.(AP File Photo)
Supreme Court on December 14 had rejected petitions seeking a court-monitored CBI probe into the purchase of Rafale fighter jets.(AP File Photo)

Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie move SC seeking review of December 14 Rafale verdict

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2019 01:38 PM IST
In their review plea, they alleged that the judgment “relied upon patently incorrect claims made by the government in an unsigned note given in a sealed cover” to the apex court.
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Rafale fighter.(REUTERS File Photo)
Rafale fighter.(REUTERS File Photo)

Supreme Court verdict on petitions for court-monitored CBI probe on Rafale today

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2018 08:00 AM IST
The Supreme Court on Friday will deliver its verdict on a bunch of petitions seeking a court-monitored Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the purchase of 36 French-made Rafale fighter jets by the government for the Indian Air Force (IAF).
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The government had on Monday submitted the pricing details of the Rafale deal in compliance with the October 31 order of the Supreme Court.(Reuters)
The government had on Monday submitted the pricing details of the Rafale deal in compliance with the October 31 order of the Supreme Court.(Reuters)

Revealing pricing details can give enemies an edge, Centre tells Supreme Court in Rafale case

By Bhadra Sinha | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2018 05:57 PM IST
The pricing details of the controversial deal to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France, submitted by the Centre in a sealed cover, is scheduled to be examined by the Supreme Court today.
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Dassault CEO Eric Trappier during an interview.(ANI Photo)
Dassault CEO Eric Trappier during an interview.(ANI Photo)

‘I don’t lie… We chose Ambani’: Dassault CEO Eric Trappier on Rahul’s Rafale allegations

By Asian News International | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2018 03:39 PM IST
Rahul Gandhi, in a press conference on November 2, alleged that Dassault invested Rs 284 crore in a loss-making company promoted by Anil Ambani which was used to procure land in Nagpur
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Congress president Rahul Gandhi addressing media in New Delhi on Friday.(Mohd Zakir/HT photo)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi addressing media in New Delhi on Friday.(Mohd Zakir/HT photo)

Dassault gave Reliance Rs 284 cr to secure Rafale deal: Rahul Gandhi

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2018 12:07 AM IST
Congress president Rahul Gandhi addressed media on Friday, once again targeting the central government over the Rafale deal.
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The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Centre to submit pricing details of the Rafale jet deal in a sealed cover within 10 days, in what appeared to be a departure from its position three weeks ago when the court said it did not want to examine the issue of pricing.(PTI)
The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Centre to submit pricing details of the Rafale jet deal in a sealed cover within 10 days, in what appeared to be a departure from its position three weeks ago when the court said it did not want to examine the issue of pricing.(PTI)

Supreme Court asks govt to submit Rafale jet deal pricing details within 10 days

By Bhadra Sinha | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2018 12:08 AM IST
The government argued that the information is so sensitive that it has not been shared even with Parliament.
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Arun Jaitley gestures during a press conference.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Arun Jaitley gestures during a press conference.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)

Arun Jaitley hits back at Rahul Gandhi over Rafale deal, non-performing assets

UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2018 11:54 PM IST
Arun Jaitley brushed aside Rahul Gandhi’s charges that a private company got an advantage ranging from Rs 38,000 crore to Rs 130,000 crore in the Rafale deal.
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Eric Trappier, chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, attends a meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin and other representatives of the French and Russian business communities at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia January 31, 2018.(Reuters)
Eric Trappier, chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, attends a meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin and other representatives of the French and Russian business communities at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia January 31, 2018.(Reuters)

Rafale fighter jets to be delivered to India from 2019: Dassault CEO

By Reuters | Orlando, Florida (US)
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2018 08:05 AM IST
India signed a deal with Dassault in 2016 for the transfer of 36 Rafale jets.
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A Rafale fighter jet performs during the Aero India air show at Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru on February 18, 2015.(REUTERS)
A Rafale fighter jet performs during the Aero India air show at Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru on February 18, 2015.(REUTERS)

Dassault Aviation says it ‘freely’ chose Reliance for Rafale offsets

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2018 11:21 AM IST
In a statement issued in France, Dassault Aviation reiterated that it had “freely chosen” Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group as an offset partner for the Rafale deal and sold 36 fighters to India within the framework an inter-governmental agreement between the two countries.
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In this file photo taken on June 9, 2018 A Rafale fighter jet of the French Navy performs during the International seaplane show in Biscarrosse, southwestern France.(AFP File Photo)
In this file photo taken on June 9, 2018 A Rafale fighter jet of the French Navy performs during the International seaplane show in Biscarrosse, southwestern France.(AFP File Photo)

Reliance pact was ‘imperative’ and ‘mandatory’ for Dassault: Report

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2018 12:21 AM IST
Mediapart quoted an internal Dassault Aviation document detailing a presentation that deputy chief executive officer Loïk Segalen gave to worker representatives explaining the rationale for setting up a joint venture in Nagpur with Reliance Aerospace.
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The government has broadly indicated the cost of the Rafale contract, but divulging every detail to satisfy the expanding demands of the Opposition would compromise security as this would mean disclosing the overall capability of the aircraft(PTI)
The government has broadly indicated the cost of the Rafale contract, but divulging every detail to satisfy the expanding demands of the Opposition would compromise security as this would mean disclosing the overall capability of the aircraft(PTI)

Opposition to Rafale is against the national interest

By Kanwal Sibal
PUBLISHED ON OCT 05, 2018 07:54 PM IST
It has marshalled its case a little too late to break the momentum of the Opposition’s campaign that serves party interests but not those of the nation.
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Supporters of Congress party shout slogans during a protest demanding for a joint parliamentary committee to investigate the deal of Rafale fighter planes with France, in Chandigarh, India, October 4, 2018.(REUTERS)
Supporters of Congress party shout slogans during a protest demanding for a joint parliamentary committee to investigate the deal of Rafale fighter planes with France, in Chandigarh, India, October 4, 2018.(REUTERS)

Congress goes to CAG again over Rafale, demands forensic audit of deal

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2018 11:28 PM IST
Apart from Sharma, the delegation comprised senior leaders Ahmed Patel, Randeep Singh Surjewala, Jairam Ramesh, RPN Singh and Vivek Tankha.
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Gadkari said the Indian government has “nothing to do with this [selection of Reliance Defence as Dassault’s Indian partner in the Rafale deal](HT FILE)
Gadkari said the Indian government has “nothing to do with this [selection of Reliance Defence as Dassault’s Indian partner in the Rafale deal](HT FILE)

‘Go on the offensive, not defensive, on Rafale’, says Union minister Nitin Gadkari

By Ketaki Ghoge | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2018 12:40 AM IST
Says Congress has been trying to create confusion about the deal and that government is ‘transparent and corruption-free’
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Union home minister Rajnath Singh and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath at a meeting of the Central Zonal Council in Lucknow, on Monday.(PTI)
Union home minister Rajnath Singh and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath at a meeting of the Central Zonal Council in Lucknow, on Monday.(PTI)

After Hollande clarification, no room for doubt about Rafale: Rajnath Singh

By Press Trust of India | Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON SEP 24, 2018 05:09 PM IST
Union home minister Rajnath Singh accused the Congress of trying to gain political mileage over the Rafale issue with an eye on Lok Sabha elections next year.
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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley speaks during a press conference, in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley speaks during a press conference, in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)

‘Truth can’t have 2 versions’: Arun Jaitley on Francois Hollande’s remarks on Rafale deal

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2018 11:00 PM IST
Finance minister Arun Jaitley said former French president Francois Hollande contradicted his own statements on Rafale deal.
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Congress president Rahul Gandhi had attacked the government over former French president Francois Hollande’s reported remarks on Rafale.(PTI File Photo)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi had attacked the government over former French president Francois Hollande’s reported remarks on Rafale.(PTI File Photo)

Hollande’s Rafale remarks and Rahul Gandhi tweet a duet that raises questions: Arun Jaitley

By Asian News International | Asian News International
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2018 11:25 AM IST
Finance minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday alleged that it was not a mere coincidence that the Opposition leaders of India and France were speaking in one voice on the controversial Rafale issue.
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Congress president Rahul Gandhi gestures while addressing the media on Rafale deal issue, in New Delhi, on September 22, 2018.(AP)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi gestures while addressing the media on Rafale deal issue, in New Delhi, on September 22, 2018.(AP)

Claims, counter claims fly as war over Rafale deal heats up

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2018 12:08 AM IST
The Congress attacked the Modi government over a report in a French investigative website on Friday, which quoted the former French president as saying that the Indian government proposed the name of Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group as Dassault Aviation’s offset partner.
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