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Re-examining France’s Mistral policy…India may cancel $22 Billion Rafale fighter jet contract and instead purchase Russian Su-30 jets

The other shoe in Hollande’s misguided Russian Mistral cancelation may be about to drop, as India appears to be backtracking in its decision to purchase 126 Rafale jets from France’s Dassault Aviation.

After a three years effort, India’s Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar, spoke of  an impasse in negotiations with his French counterparts. This is a serious blow to the French aviation industry which just last month announced that the deal would be completed in the first half of 2015.

Icing on the cake…The Defence Ministry announced it is now considering buying Russian Sukhoi Su-30 MKI, which according to the Defence Ministry are ‘absolutely suitable for the needs of the Indian Air Force and half the price’ of the French made Rafales.

We are also sure India feels much more comfortable purchasing from a supplier that will not fold to US/NATO pressure on a whim.

Via IHS:

India’s long-delayed procurement of 126 Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft has once again run into “complications”, defence minister Manohar Parrikar admitted on 30 December.

Parrikar did not specify these difficulties at a press conference in New Delhi, but tellingly stated that additional licence-built Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighters would be “adequate” for the Indian Air Force (IAF) in the event of the Rafale deal being scrapped.

“The Su-30MKI is an adequate aircraft for meeting the air force’s needs,” Parrikar said, adding that at INR3.58 billion (USD59.66 million) each, the unit cost of the Su-30MKIs being licence-built by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) was less than half that of a Rafale.

A cancellation from India on the Rafale jets could deal a crushing blow to France’s Aerospace Industry and Dassault Aviation, which would effectively lose a blockbuster deal with the Indian Air Force.

If the Rafale deal is settled with France, then Dassault will supply 18 fighters to the Indian Air Force in flyaway condition, while the remaining 108 will be licence produced by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

If the deal cannot overcome its current  ‘complications’ then India’s fallback plan to purchase Russian Su-30MKI would be an absolute embarrassment to a weak President Hollande, and another bomb to France’s already slumping economy.

References:

http://www.janes.com/article/47533/indian-defence-minister-admits-complications-in-rafale-talks

http://www.defencenet.gr

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PeteMoraes
January 3, 2015

RT @VonHenrick1: Re-examining #France’s Mistral policy #India may cancel $22 Bln Rafale jet contract and purchase Russian Su-30 jets. http:…

VonHenrick1
January 3, 2015

Re-examining #France’s Mistral policy #India may cancel $22 Bln Rafale jet contract and purchase Russian Su-30 jets. http://t.co/Qpp0oDdjTZ

ChrisJGodlewski
January 3, 2015

RT @redpilltimes: Re-examining France Mistral policy. India may cancel $22B Rafale jet contract & instead buy Russian Su-30 http://t.co/Wca…

Nildam85
January 3, 2015

RT @redpilltimes: Re-examining France Mistral policy. India may cancel $22B Rafale jet contract & instead buy Russian Su-30 http://t.co/Wca…

JSmithRus
January 3, 2015

RT @redpilltimes: Re-examining France Mistral policy. India may cancel $22B Rafale jet contract & instead buy Russian Su-30 http://t.co/Wca…

IndianPot
January 3, 2015

@redpilltimes YESSSS!

mennohulshof
January 3, 2015

RT @marcelvandenber: India may cancel $22 Billion Rafale fighter jet contract and instead purchase Russian Su-30 jets http://t.co/y41ckmdSct

marcelvandenber
January 3, 2015

India may cancel $22 Billion Rafale fighter jet contract and instead purchase Russian Su-30 jets http://t.co/y41ckmdSct

IndianPot
January 3, 2015

#sanctions #MH17 France might lose the mother of all defence deals with India. All for Ukraine.
http://t.co/PS9lHTJucK

FresendaNormand
January 4, 2015

RT @VonHenrick1: Re-examining #France’s Mistral policy #India may cancel $22 Bln Rafale jet contract and purchase Russian Su-30 jets. http:…

guyMadrid
January 5, 2015

Bingo @fhollande France’s Mistral policy…India may cancel Rafale contract and instead purchase Russian Su-30 jets http://t.co/4r8ZK9dnfT

KampferPaul
January 4, 2015

RT @marcelvandenber: India may cancel $22 Billion Rafale fighter jet contract and instead purchase Russian Su-30 jets http://t.co/y41ckmdSct

crnaoluja
January 4, 2015

RT @marcelvandenber: India may cancel $22 Billion Rafale fighter jet contract and instead purchase Russian Su-30 jets http://t.co/y41ckmdSct

shinobi22427722
January 4, 2015

RT @VonHenrick1: Re-examining #France’s Mistral policy #India may cancel $22 Bln Rafale jet contract and purchase Russian Su-30 jets. http:…

88marciaramalho
January 4, 2015

RT @VonHenrick1: Re-examining #France’s Mistral policy #India may cancel $22 Bln Rafale jet contract and purchase Russian Su-30 jets. http:…

KrispyVerbakel
January 4, 2015

RT @VonHenrick1: Re-examining #France’s Mistral policy #India may cancel $22 Bln Rafale jet contract and purchase Russian Su-30 jets. http:…

Ellebal1111
Ellebal1111
January 5, 2015

India stabbing Europe in the back…just like China taking advantage of the Ukrainian situation to their advantage…undermining the world collective pressure against Putin shamefully land grab…shame!!

victor krest
victor krest
Reply to  Ellebal1111
January 7, 2015

Seriously? Is that how you call it? Hey if someone i knew paid for product and didnt get it, best believe i wouldn’t take chances with my money. Specially 22 billion. Then what? Have obama say india harbors and supports terrorists and not to deliver the fighter jets. Lol. Thats like knowing the effect of stepping on the shovel and still taking high risk and stepping on it.

victor krest
victor krest
Reply to  Ellebal1111
January 7, 2015

Serves Hollande right. Still owes Putin the ships or money back and major parts of ship since part of it was built in Russia with Russian parts. Then he can go cry to Obama about his issues the baby.

Ellebal1111
Ellebal1111
January 7, 2015

Are you a paid Russian troll!?? Russia has become a pariah amonst nations…just another larger North Korea…truly pathetic! And you are it’s mouth piece!

redpilltimes
redpilltimes
Reply to  Ellebal1111
January 7, 2015

Why is anyone with an opinion contrary to the neo-liberal model of “morality” a Russian troll? Likewise, calling Russia a pariah state is true to western propaganda form. While the western world is trying to cement its bankrupt wall street, banker based hegemony, the international community (Latin America, Euroasia, Asia etc…) view the fact that the BRICS are rising as a counterweight to a western policy that has enslaved entire countires into debt, invaded sovereign nations like Iraq and Libya, and initiated illegal coups in Ukraine. You should re-examine who the pariahs truly are…and remember that yesterday they went after… Read more »

Ellebal1111
Ellebal1111
January 7, 2015

Keep drinking RasPutin”s Kool-Aid!! LoL! You’re an idiot! I feel sorry for the other, non brainwashed Russians….who suffered from a murderous megalomaniac such as Stalin…then Bloodimir…Russian needs a break…but then…there you are!!

redpilltimes
redpilltimes
Reply to  Ellebal1111
January 7, 2015

That’s about the level of “intelligent” debate we expected.

KoosvD
January 6, 2015

@woukevscherrenb Anders lopen ze 22 miljard mis met deal India: http://t.co/gsJrHUBD0v

GorseFires
January 4, 2015

RT @marcelvandenber: India may cancel $22 Billion Rafale fighter jet contract and instead purchase Russian Su-30 jets http://t.co/y41ckmdSct

Ellebal1111
Ellebal1111
January 17, 2015

MH17…another Russian lie debunct!

https://www.bellingcat.com/news/uk-and-europe/2015/01/10/su-25-mh17-and-the-problems-with-keeping-a-story-straight/

Ukraine’s “illegal” coup by the West debunct….another Russian gov lie….

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/01/04/world/europe/ukraine-leader-was-defeated-even-before-he-was-ousted.html?_r=3&referreru

Russia under Putin is just another North Korea!

Ellebal1111
Ellebal1111
January 5, 2015

India stabbing Europe in the back…just like China taking advantage of the Ukrainian situation to their advantage…undermining the world collective pressure against Putin shamefully land grab…shame!!

victor krest
victor krest
Reply to  Ellebal1111
January 7, 2015

Seriously? Is that how you call it? Hey if someone i knew paid for product and didnt get it, best believe i wouldn’t take chances with my money. Specially 22 billion. Then what? Have obama say india harbors and supports terrorists and not to deliver the fighter jets. Lol. Thats like knowing the effect of stepping on the shovel and still taking high risk and stepping on it.

victor krest
victor krest
Reply to  Ellebal1111
January 7, 2015

Serves Hollande right. Still owes Putin the ships or money back and major parts of ship since part of it was built in Russia with Russian parts. Then he can go cry to Obama about his issues the baby.

Ellebal1111
Ellebal1111
January 7, 2015

Are you a paid Russian troll!?? Russia has become a pariah amonst nations…just another larger North Korea…truly pathetic! And you are it’s mouth piece!

redpilltimes
redpilltimes
Reply to  Ellebal1111
January 7, 2015

Why is anyone with an opinion contrary to the neo-liberal model of “morality” a Russian troll? Likewise, calling Russia a pariah state is true to western propaganda form. While the western world is trying to cement its bankrupt wall street, banker based hegemony, the international community (Latin America, Euroasia, Asia etc…) view the fact that the BRICS are rising as a counterweight to a western policy that has enslaved entire countires into debt, invaded sovereign nations like Iraq and Libya, and initiated illegal coups in Ukraine. You should re-examine who the pariahs truly are…and remember that yesterday they went after… Read more »

Ellebal1111
Ellebal1111
January 7, 2015

Keep drinking RasPutin”s Kool-Aid!! LoL! You’re an idiot! I feel sorry for the other, non brainwashed Russians….who suffered from a murderous megalomaniac such as Stalin…then Bloodimir…Russian needs a break…but then…there you are!!

redpilltimes
redpilltimes
Reply to  Ellebal1111
January 7, 2015

That’s about the level of “intelligent” debate we expected.

Ellebal1111
Ellebal1111
January 17, 2015

MH17…another Russian lie debunct!

https://www.bellingcat.com/news/uk-and-europe/2015/01/10/su-25-mh17-and-the-problems-with-keeping-a-story-straight/

Ukraine’s “illegal” coup by the West debunct….another Russian gov lie….

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/01/04/world/europe/ukraine-leader-was-defeated-even-before-he-was-ousted.html?_r=3&referreru

Russia under Putin is just another North Korea!

New Years freak show! Thousands of Ukrainians march in Kiev in hopes of bringing back the dead spirit of WW2 Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera

The E.U. can finally solve its unemployment problem…ISIS is officially hiring