Rafale Deal Means Recognition of Competitiveness of French Aviation Industry

© REUTERS / Naseem ZeitoonA model of Dassault Rafale fighter jet is seen during Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition, Qatar March 31, 2016.
A model of Dassault Rafale fighter jet is seen during Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition, Qatar March 31, 2016. - Sputnik International
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French aviation industry is competitive enough, French-Indian contract on the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets can be a proof.

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India, France Sign $8.7 Bln Contract on Delivery of 36 Rafale Jets
PARIS (Sputnik) – The signing of a contract on the purchase of 36 French-made Rafale fighter jets with India on Friday is a perfect confirmation of the competitiveness of the French aviation industry, French President Francois Hollande said.

"This agreement, signed by [French] Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian today in New Delhi, marks recognition by the great strategic and military power [India] of the operational performance, technological quality and competitiveness of the French aviation industry," the president said in a statement issued by the Elysee Palace.

Earlier in the day, Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar sealed a 7.8-billion euro deal ($8.8 billion) on 36 fighter aircraft Rafale with his counterpart Le Drian.

Rafale is a French fourth-generation multirole twin-engine fighter aircraft, designed and built by France's Dassault Aviation.

Rafale jets deal was announced in April 2015 during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Paris but negotiations on pricing have protracted for over a year.

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