The Indian Defense Ministry will receive a report on the deal involving the purchase of the French fighter jet Rafale no later than the beginning of March, and only then will a final decision be made on the aircraft, announced the head of the Indian military establishment Manohar Parrikar.
At present, a special negotiating committee is preparing this report.
“I am interested in the fact that this report be provided as soon as possible, and will make every effort to have it presented to us before the new fiscal year – in early March, if not in February,” he said during a press conference at the Aero India-2015 Air Show.
According to him, while the negotiating committee is still working on the issue, no decision can be made. “The contract remains under consideration,” said Mr. Parrikar.
Earlier, Indian media reported that the Indian Ministry of Defense might refuse to purchase 126 fighter jets for its Air Force from Rafale, which won the tender in 2012, and instead buy the Russian Su-30MKI. Shortly after that, the Business Standard, citing sources in the Indian Ministry of Defense, reported that New Delhi would not be buying the Rafale jets, because of their high price tags. At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of India, they said that, in terms of price attractiveness and reliability, the Russian multi-role Su-30 fighters are comparable to the Rafale.
First published in Russian by RIA Novosti.
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