SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
French-speaking Military Online Portal ” Avions Legendaires ” Has claimed in its report that India might announce Dassault Aviation Rafale M as winner for Indian Navy’s Deck based fighter requirements for 26 units around PM Modi’s visit to Paris later this year.
According to the portal, the Indian Prime Minister will be Chief Guest at the Bastille Day military parade that is to be held in Paris on July 14, 2023, even though there is no confirmation from the Indian side yet on Modi being asked to be Chief Guest at this event.
Recent Indian media Reports have suggested that the Cabinet Committee on Security might clear purchase of 26 Rafale M soon but idrw.org has been told that the chances of a deal being signed by June are highly impossible since it still needs to go through multiple rounds of the process that might take another year or so.
Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R Hari Kumar earlier this month had claimed that both Boring F-18 Super Hornet and Dassault Rafale M have cleared Technical rounds and can operate from two Indian Aircraft Carriers but the Navy has asked MoD to decide on the winner even though the Navy favor’s Rafale M due to 36 Rafale 3FR that are operational with Indian Air Force (IAF).
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