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According to the 2016 deal, India will receive 36 Rafale fighter jet from France.(ANI Photo)

'No violations in Rafale deal with India', says Dassault Aviation

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 08, 2021 07:51 PM IST
Rafale deal: Dassault Aviation said that the statement is in connection with certain allegations reported in the press about the contract signed in 2016 with India.
Representational image of a Mi-17 chopper.(HT Photo)
Representational image of a Mi-17 chopper.(HT Photo)

CAG picks holes in chopper upgrade, flags concerns about navy vessels

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2020 11:17 AM IST
CAG said the choppers were flying with limited capability, attributing the situation to “poor planning and indecision”
When the Indian Air Force (IAF) defended the Rafale deal then it was criticised for wading into politics, air chief marshal (retd) BS Dhanoa said on Thursday(ANI /Twitter)
When the Indian Air Force (IAF) defended the Rafale deal then it was criticised for wading into politics, air chief marshal (retd) BS Dhanoa said on Thursday(ANI /Twitter)

‘Defended Rafale deal on merit’: Former IAF chief Dhanoa on Supreme Court verdict

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sudhi Ranjan Sen
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2020 10:29 PM IST
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi dismissed a review petition that sought an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the alleged irregularities in the Rs 59,000 crore Rafale fighter jet deal with French planemaker Dassault Aviation.
Indian Defense Minister Minister Rajnath Singh, listens to an aide as French Defense Minister Florence Parly, left, listens during a ceremony at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, near Bordeaux.(Photo: AP)
Indian Defense Minister Minister Rajnath Singh, listens to an aide as French Defense Minister Florence Parly, left, listens during a ceremony at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, near Bordeaux.(Photo: AP)

Don’t terrorise us on tax: Rafale engine manufacturer tells Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

Paris | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2019 05:35 PM IST
Rajnath Singh formally accepted the first Rafale fighter jet on October 8 after India had signed a deal with the French government and Dassault Aviation in September 2016, to acquire 36 Rafale fighter jets.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh gestures before a test flight in a Rafale jet fighter at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, near Bordeaux, southwestern France, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019.(AP)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh gestures before a test flight in a Rafale jet fighter at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, near Bordeaux, southwestern France, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019.(AP)

‘Not aggression but self defence’: Rajnath after India gets first Rafale

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2019 05:05 AM IST
The Defence Minister was speaking after he completed a sortie on a Rafale jet. The plane was flown by a French pilot as Indian pilots have just begun training on the India-specific Rafale aircraft.
Rajnath Singh formally accepted the first Rafale fighter jet after India had signed a deal with the French government and Dassault Aviation in September 2016, to acquire 36 Rafale fighter jets.(Photo: rajnathsingh/ Twitter)
Rajnath Singh formally accepted the first Rafale fighter jet after India had signed a deal with the French government and Dassault Aviation in September 2016, to acquire 36 Rafale fighter jets.(Photo: rajnathsingh/ Twitter)

News updates from Hindustan Times at 9 PM: Rajnath Singh receives India’s first Rafale jet in France, takes off for sortie and all the latest news at this hour

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2019 08:56 PM IST
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on board a Rafale fighter jet in France.(ANI PHOTO.)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on board a Rafale fighter jet in France.(ANI PHOTO.)

After receiving India’s first Rafale jet, Rajnath takes off for sortie

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2020 06:55 AM IST
Soon after taking delivery of the combat aircraft, Singh flew in the two-seater Rafale jet accompanied by French pilot Philippe Duchateau in the front cockpit with Singh sitting in the rear seat.
The first aircraft with tail number RB-01 was received by a team of Indian Air Force officers led by Air Marshal VR Chaudhary in France who also flew in the plane for around one hour, Indian Air Force sources told ANI.(Photo: ANI)
The first aircraft with tail number RB-01 was received by a team of Indian Air Force officers led by Air Marshal VR Chaudhary in France who also flew in the plane for around one hour, Indian Air Force sources told ANI.(Photo: ANI)

IAF receives first Rafale combat aircraft in France

Bordeaux | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2019 12:56 AM IST
As per the Rs 60,000 crore contract signed between India and France, the first aircraft was scheduled to be delivered in acceptance mode to the Indian side and it will now undergo trials and tests for another seven months more in France.
The students of government-run Industrial Training Institute in Nagpur will now learn to assemble Rafale and Falcon jets.(Reuters Photo (Representative))
The students of government-run Industrial Training Institute in Nagpur will now learn to assemble Rafale and Falcon jets.(Reuters Photo (Representative))

ITI students from Nagpur to learn Rafale assembling

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Shreya Bhandary, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2019 07:05 AM IST
The course for Aeronautical Structure and Equipment Fitter will be conducted in collaboration with French manufacturer, Dassault Aviation.
An Indian Air Force (IAF) team comprising computer forensic experts is in France to probe if documents or designs were stolen or copied during the break-in at the Rafale project management team office in the European country last Sunday(AFP)
An Indian Air Force (IAF) team comprising computer forensic experts is in France to probe if documents or designs were stolen or copied during the break-in at the Rafale project management team office in the European country last Sunday(AFP)

India tweaks rules for friendly countries for defence exports

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 26, 2019 11:21 PM IST
The office in question oversees the implementation of the project for 36 Rafale multi-role fighters, which India is acquiring.
French plane-maker Dassault Aviation has an office complex in Saint-Cloud and the five-member Indian project management team, headed by a group captain, operates from the same premises.
French plane-maker Dassault Aviation has an office complex in Saint-Cloud and the five-member Indian project management team, headed by a group captain, operates from the same premises.

Break-in at IAF’s office managing Rafale deal in Paris

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2019 07:48 AM IST
News agency AFP quoted an unnamed source in a local French prosecutor’s office as saying that “documents and money” had been taken. HT could not verify the statement.
Sources said the main aim of the break-in could have been to steal data as valuables or money are not kept in these administrative offices.(HT Photo)
Sources said the main aim of the break-in could have been to steal data as valuables or money are not kept in these administrative offices.(HT Photo)

Break-in at Indian Air Force’s Paris office handling Rafale info: Report

New Delhi | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2019 06:52 PM IST
The Rafale team sits in a building complex in Saint Cloud suburb of Paris and the police there is investigating the case.
Reliance Group filed a defamation suit against the National Herald, saying an article published in the newspaper regarding the Rafale fighter deal was “libellous and derogatory”(PTI)
Reliance Group filed a defamation suit against the National Herald, saying an article published in the newspaper regarding the Rafale fighter deal was “libellous and derogatory”(PTI)

Anil Ambani to drop Rs 5,000 cr defamation cases against Congress leaders

Hindustan Times, Ahmedabad | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2019 09:37 AM IST
Reliance Group’s lawyer, Rasesh Parikh, said on Tuesday that they have communicated to the defence about the intention to withdraw the suits, once the court reopens after vacation
In an affidavit filed before the court opposing the demand to initiate perjury proceedings against the Centre, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government denied allegations of suppressing information(PTI)
In an affidavit filed before the court opposing the demand to initiate perjury proceedings against the Centre, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government denied allegations of suppressing information(PTI)

Government denies suppressing any information on Rafale deal

New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2019 07:07 AM IST
In its December judgement, the Supreme Court rejected pleas for a court-monitored probe of the deal for the purchase of 36 Rafale jet fighters made by Dassault Aviation of France, saying it had no reason to doubt that due process had been followed .
French aircraft Rafale manoeuvres during AERO India 2019 air show at Yelahanka airbase in Bengaluru.(PTI Photo)
French aircraft Rafale manoeuvres during AERO India 2019 air show at Yelahanka airbase in Bengaluru.(PTI Photo)

Row during launch of book on Rafale deal in Chennai

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2019 12:19 PM IST
In 2016, the Narendra Modi government signed a Rs 59,000-crore deal with French firm, Dassault Aviation, for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets to be supplied in flyaway condition starting September. The Congress-led opposition alleged malfeasance in the deal.
Congress’s chief spokesperson, Randeep Singh Surjewala, told reporters in New Delhi that Modi should be investigated under the relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Indian Penal Code.(PTI)
Congress’s chief spokesperson, Randeep Singh Surjewala, told reporters in New Delhi that Modi should be investigated under the relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Indian Penal Code.(PTI)

Rafale deal: Congress says PM Modi ‘misused office, time to file an FIR’

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2019 11:35 PM IST
The Congress on Wednesday said the time has come to lodge a first information report (FIR) against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly causing loss to public exchequer by waiving the bank guarantee to Dassault Aviation in the Rafale fighter jet deal.
The Congress Wednesday sought registration of an FIR against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “corruption” in the Rafale fighter jet deal, with party president Rahul Gandhi claiming that there “is now enough evidence” to prosecute him.(PTI)
The Congress Wednesday sought registration of an FIR against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “corruption” in the Rafale fighter jet deal, with party president Rahul Gandhi claiming that there “is now enough evidence” to prosecute him.(PTI)

‘Enough proof to prosecute PM’: Rahul Gandhi renews attack over Rafale row

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2019 11:32 PM IST
Leading the party’s charge, Rahul Gandhi alleged “the trail of corruption” in the Rafale fighter jet deal “begins and ends with” Modi.
The Narendra Modi government signed an agreement with France in 2016 for the purchase of Rafale fighter jets.(PTI)
The Narendra Modi government signed an agreement with France in 2016 for the purchase of Rafale fighter jets.(PTI)

‘Without Rafale, how can we resist F-16s’: Centre to Supreme Court

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2019 05:24 PM IST
The Centre has told the Supreme Court that defence procurements done by the government can’t be examined by judiciary.
A Dassault's Rafale fighter jet takes off during a flying display during Aero India 2019 airshow at the Yelahanka Air Force station, in Bangalore on February 20.(AFP Photo)
A Dassault's Rafale fighter jet takes off during a flying display during Aero India 2019 airshow at the Yelahanka Air Force station, in Bangalore on February 20.(AFP Photo)

Supreme Court to hear petition to review Rafale verdict today

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2019 08:46 AM IST
The petition referred to the CAG’s audit of the deal and states that at the time of the Supreme Court’s verdict, no CAG report existed.
Air CHief Marshal B S Dhanoa at a media conference on Monday in Coimbatore.(ANI)
Air CHief Marshal B S Dhanoa at a media conference on Monday in Coimbatore.(ANI)

‘Rafale to join IAF inventory in September,’ says IAF chief Dhanoa

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2019 01:49 PM IST
India has ordered 36 Rafale fighter planes from Dassault Aviation of France as part of the IAF’s modernization drive.
The French-origin Mirage 2000s carried out the predawn air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist camp in Pakistan’s Balakot on Tuesday(AP)
The French-origin Mirage 2000s carried out the predawn air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist camp in Pakistan’s Balakot on Tuesday(AP)

Mirage 2000 ‘natural choice’ for air strikes at Jaish camp across LoC

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2019 10:56 PM IST
The Mirage 2000s, the officials said, struck their target with Israeli-origin SPICE 2000 bombs from a stand-off distance, which wasn’t immediately known.
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

New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
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.
French aerospace major Dassault Aviation flew to India three Rafale fighters to participate in the 12th edition of Aero India 2019 air show from February 20-24.(AFP)
French aerospace major Dassault Aviation flew to India three Rafale fighters to participate in the 12th edition of Aero India 2019 air show from February 20-24.(AFP)

3 Rafale jets fly to India for Bengaluru air show

Bengaluru | By Indo Asian News Service
PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2019 05:46 PM IST
The biennial international expo is being held at the Yellahanka base of the Indian Air Force (IAF) near the Bengaluru international airport.
A French fighter jet Rafale prepares to take off on the aircraft carrier "Charles de Gaulle", after the completion of its 18 month-long renovation in Toulon, France, November 8, 2018. Christophe Simon/Pool via REUTERS(REUTERS)
A French fighter jet Rafale prepares to take off on the aircraft carrier "Charles de Gaulle", after the completion of its 18 month-long renovation in Toulon, France, November 8, 2018. Christophe Simon/Pool via REUTERS(REUTERS)

Decoding the CAG report on Rafale fighter jet deal in 10 points

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2019 03:05 PM IST
CAG report on Rafale deal was tabled in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday amid renewed attack on the Modi government over the 2016 defence contract.
A French Rafale fighter jet takes off.(AFP file photo)
A French Rafale fighter jet takes off.(AFP file photo)

No bank clauses in government-to-government deals like Rafale: IAF

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2019 07:09 AM IST
The Indian Air Force on Tuesday stressed that there were no sovereign or bank guarantees and integrity clauses in government-to-government (G2G) deals such as the agreement to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets made by French military plane-maker Dassault Aviation.
Three ALH Mk IV helicopter fly past the India Gate in 'Rudra' formation during the 70th Republic Day Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi.(PTI FILE PHOTO)
Three ALH Mk IV helicopter fly past the India Gate in 'Rudra' formation during the 70th Republic Day Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi.(PTI FILE PHOTO)

After Mirage crash, HAL-built army chopper Rudra makes emergency landing

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON FEB 05, 2019 11:50 PM IST
A Rudra Mk IV armed chopper, built at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), on Tuesday made an emergency landing outside Bengaluru due to possible hydraulic failure.
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.
France’s Dassault Aviation said on Monday it had received a contract from the French government to upgrade the Rafale fighter jet.(PTI Photo)
France’s Dassault Aviation said on Monday it had received a contract from the French government to upgrade the Rafale fighter jet.(PTI Photo)

For connectivity in combat, France orders upgrade for Rafale jets

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2019 12:00 AM IST
Top defence ministry officials said a deal to buy aircraft could not be compared with another to just develop a new model. Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the government had already given out all details on the Rafale deal and it was a closed chapter now. Defence ministry officials rued the fact that every new development related to Rafale in any part of the world sparks a fresh debate in India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurating the Solapur-Tuljapur-Osmanabad section of New NH-52, in Solapur on Wednesday.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurating the Solapur-Tuljapur-Osmanabad section of New NH-52, in Solapur on Wednesday.(PTI)

‘Was Rafale deal held up because of Michel mama?’: Modi attacks Congress

Hindustan Times, Solapur | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2019 05:24 PM IST
Hinting at the possible involvement of Christian Michel in the Rafale deal, Prime Minister Modi said the Congress must answer which leader of their party has a connection with Michel.
HAL chairman R Madhavan said it was capable of production when initial discussions were on. But the current government decided to purchase 36 aircraft separately as “it was necessary to buy them as soon as possible”, he said.(Reuters/File Photo)
HAL chairman R Madhavan said it was capable of production when initial discussions were on. But the current government decided to purchase 36 aircraft separately as “it was necessary to buy them as soon as possible”, he said.(Reuters/File Photo)

HAL capable of producing Rafale aircraft, says chairman

Udaipur | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON DEC 21, 2018 11:52 PM IST
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) chairman R Madhavan on Friday said it is capable of producing Rafale aircraft but suggested that the question of transfer of technology does not arise in the current order of just 36 aircraft.
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