New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said only the financial details needed to be worked out in finalising the much-awaited purchase of Rafale fighter aircraft from France, adding this, too, would conclude soon.
Modi had announced India’s intention to purchase 36 Rafale medium multi-role combat aircraft of French aerospace major Dassault during his visit to Paris last year. The value of the deal is expected at around Rs. 60,000 crore.
“Only financial aspects of the Rafale deal is left. The inter-governmental agreement has been finalised. It will be done soon,” the prime minister said in his statement after delegation level talks with French President Francois Hollande here.
The French Ambassador had earlier stated to the media that the Rafale fighter plane deal in India was going through a “complex negotiation”.
“Discussions are taking place at present. I cannot say what the outcome will be. It is a complex negotiation indeed. I don’t know what is going to happen,” Richier told the media here on the issue of the multi-billion dollar warplane deal that was finalised during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Paris in April last year.