Rafale fighter plane deal in India

A French fighter aircraft backs away after refueling from a KC-135 Stratotanker March 17, 2013, over Africa. The 351st Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, which flies the tankers, completed the 100th refueling mission of French fighter aircraft conducting operations over Mali. Airmen and aircraft from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, deployed as the 351st EARS to a location in southwest Europe on Jan. 26, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jason Smith)

In the course of purchasing the much-awaited Rafale fighter aircraft from France, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that among all the procedures only the financial details needed had to be worked out.

Earlier today, Modi stated India’s intention to purchase 35 Rafale medium multi-role combat aircraft of French aerospace major Dassault during his visit Paris last year. The deal is expected to range around Rs 60000 crore.

“Only financial aspects of the Rafale deal are left. The inter-governmental agreement has been finalised. It will be done soon,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi  said in his statement after delegation level talks with French President Francois Hollande.