India selects the Rafale
President Sarkozy has learned of India’s selection of the Rafale with a view to the Indian air force acquiring 126 fighter planes.
France welcomes the Indian government’s decision to select the French plane and enter into exclusive negotiations with Dassault.
This announcement comes following a very high-level, fair and transparent competition between two European finalists. The Rafale was selected thanks to the competitiveness of its total cost over the aircraft’s lifetime, after being shortlisted in April 2011 on the basis of its top-level operational qualities.
Negotiation of the contract will begin very shortly, with the French authorities’ full support. It will include major technology transfers guaranteed by the French state.
The implementation of the Rafale project will illustrate the depth and breadth of the strategic partnership between France and India.