India gave its approval in principle on Thursday, July 13, to purchase from France 26 Rafale combat aircraft, in the naval version of aircraft carriers, and three Scorpene-class submarines, during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Paris, guest of honour. For the national holiday on July 14th.
India’s Defense Acquisition Board has approved the purchase proposals, India’s defense ministry said in a statement, adding that the price and other terms had yet to be negotiated with the French government.
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Discussions regarding these long-awaited agreements will be taken into account “All important aspects including the purchase price of similar aircraft from other countries” confirms the press release.
India, one of the largest customers of the French defense industry
The Rafale naval version of Dassault Aviation is designed for India’s first built aircraft carrier, the INS Vikrant and was commissioned last year. India has already purchased six Scorpene-class submarines, designed by Naval Group.
The three additional submarines will be built With more Indian content. By Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders, near Bombay, “Great job creation” The statement continued.
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New Delhi, which has beefed up its military arsenal to mostly modernize post-Soviet equipment, is one of the biggest customers in the French defense industry. India had already ordered 36 Rafales during Narendra Modi’s visit to Paris in 2015.