Rafale deal hit by Bureaucratic crises 22 May, 2016


India's purchase of 36 Dassault Rafael fighters which was considered imminent, is now frozen as the country's general director of defence acquisition suddenly forced to resign. Procurement officials in the Ministry of Defence (MoD) now are taking "a very cautious approach" in the $8.9 billion deal to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets.
Early this month, MoD officials conducted negotiations on the Rafale deal with French defence officials where  weaponry purchases, such as Mica, Scalp, the Meteor at a cost of $1 billion were on discussion table. The negotiations also included a maintenance and engineering support agreement for five years at a cost of $500 million.

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