India’s defence panel asks for speedy report on Rafale deal talks

New Delhi: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today chaired a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council, the highest decision-making body on military procurement, to review the progress in the negotiations for the long-awaited contract for French Rafale combat jets.

With over a year passing by since Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked France to negotiate a new government-to-government contract for 36 Rafale planes instead of the now-terminated 126-plane tender, a sense of urgency seems to be afflicting the Indian Ministry of Defence administrators.

“The committee negotiating the Rafale purchase briefed the DAC about the progress in the deal. The DAC directed the committee to submit its report expeditiously,” a Ministry of Defence official said, requesting not to be named citing rules.

Author: indostrat

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