NEW DELHI (Sputnik) — Manohar Parrikar, India's Defense Minister, says "the negotiations are underway and the inter-government agreement and offset contract are yet to be finalized.
The details, including a transfer of technology through offsets, will emerge after the negotiations are completed."
Replying to a query over the Rafale deal, Manohar Parrikar informed parliamentarians that the parties to the deal will decide whether or not the fighter jets are manufactured locally once negotiations are completed.
However, Parrikar clarified that the Rafale aircraft being procured will have advanced features like active electronically scanned array radar systems, the capacity for mid-air refueling and advanced electronic warfare equipment as part of their design.
On January 26, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting French President Francois Hollande suggested in a joint statement that negotiations for the purchase of 36 Rafale medium multi-role combat aircraft were nearly complete. Later, Manohar Parrikar, India's Minister of Defense, set a deadline of June 2016 for the deal. However, the deal still hasn't been announced.