LOR will send French government to India for the purchase of Rafale M, Navy hopes to purchase 26 Rafale IG News

New Delhi: India will soon submit a request to the French government seeking financial quotes for the purchase of 26 Rafale maritime combat aircraft – also known as Rafale M – for the Indian Navy’s second aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, ThePrint has learnt. Letter (LoR) will be sent.

However, while the Indian Air Force (IAF) is also looking to buy 114 Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft (MRFA), for which the Rafale is the natural choice, no joint acquisition has been planned.

French aviation major Dassault Aviation, the maker of the Rafale M, has already made it clear that it would need to order at least 100 Rafale fighter jets to be manufactured in India.

Aviation experts ThePrint spoke to said a joint acquisition of the planes would make sense as the IAF is already operating 36 Rafale aircraft procured on an emergency basis and it is better for the Navy and the Air Force to work together on the requirement It happens.

He said, the joint acquisition will mean that the cost will come down and India will have another opportunity to manufacture fighter aircraft besides Tejas fighter aircraft. This is because by then Dassault would have found opportunities to produce in India.

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