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Parrikar meets French defence minister

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  25 Feb 2015 12:00 AM GMT

New Delhi, February 24: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday met his French counterpart Jean Yves Le Drian, as a major defence deal involving the procurement of French Rafale fighter jets awaits approval. The two ministers held delegation-level talks, amid reports that the deal for 126 multi-role combat aircraft from the French aerospace major Dassault Aviation is in trouble facing delay for nearly three years and is facing fresh questions over pricing. The defence ministry has, however, maintained it is awaiting the fil report of the commercial negotiations committee (CNC) and that there are no second thoughts on the combat jet. Sources in the defence ministry said the government wants to decide on the deal before Prime Minister rendra Modi’s visit to France, scheduled for April this year. Parrikar had said Feb 18 that he had directed the CNC to speed up the process of completing the report so that a decision could be soon taken on the fighter jet’s acquisition. The Indian Air Force (IAF) had short-listed Rafale for induction into its frontline combat fleet, replacing the ageing Soviet-era MiG-21 squadron. (IANS)

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