Rafale a gamechanger, HAL still in deal: IAF Chief Dhanoa

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 03, 2018, 02.07 PM(IST)

File photo of Marshal BS Dhanoa. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

Story highlights

'We have lots of advantages in the Rafale deal,' Dhanoa said on Wednesday. He added that 'there is no question of HAL being left out' (of the deal). 

IAF Chief BS Dhanoa said Wednesday that the Rafale fighter jet, when it is inducted into the air force, will be a "game changer". And he added that HAL continues to stay in the deal. 

Dhanoa was speaking at a press conference in Delhi. 

"It's a very good aircraft. When it comes to the subcontinent, it will be a game changer. We have lots of advantages in the Rafale deal," ANI quoted Dhanoa as saying. 

"It was decided to buy two squadrons through Government to Government, to meet up emergency requirements. HAL was involved in ToT (Transfer of Technology) and licensed production. There is no question of HAL being left out," Dhanoa said. 

×

 

×

The opposition Congress has said there is a scam in the new Rafale deal signed between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the then French Prime Minister Francois Hollande in 2015. 

The original deal, brokered by the previous UPA government, had said France's Dassault Aviation would supply India with 126 Rafales. 

The new government-to-government deal signed by Modi and Hollande said India would get only 36. The new deal also junked the transfer of technology clause in the deal, a major loss to India. 

And finally of course, the India partner in the deal — Hindustan Aeronatics Ltd — was summarily dismissed in favour of Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence Ltd. 

Reliance Defence has no experience in the defence or aerospace industry, and Congress President Rahul Gandhi has relentlessly called Ambani's inclusion in the deal a case of crony capitalism. 

He has also accused the NDA government of agreeing to pay three times as much for every Rafale fighter jet as the earlier UPA government had. 

×
×
×

On Wednesday, Dhanoa said the Rafales would be delivered in 24 months, once the government had approved the deal.