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According to sources familiar with the matter, has learned that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state visit to France in July might see India announce the Dassault Rafale M as the winner of the Indian Navy’s Carrier Borne Multirole Carrier Borne Fighters (MRCBF) tender. Additionally, there may also be some breakthroughs in the talks during the visit.

The Indian Navy’s plans to procure 26 Rafale M could involve the local kit assembly of the jets at the Dassault Reliance Aerospace Limited (DRAL) facility, in preparation for a major order of 114 jets from the Indian Air Force.

While Dassault Rafale is the front runner in the IAF’s requirements for 114 jets MRFA, talks are also being held for a possible government-to-government deal for 90 jets that could be manufactured in India by Dassault at the same facility.

There are high chances of India being invited to participate in the French-led Future Combat Air System, a 6th generation fighter jet program. Although the European rival 6th generation fighter jet program led by Britain’s Tempest project has already made a similar offer to India.

France has offered its non-nuclear technology for the development of three nuclear attack submarines that India is keen to develop locally in the country. Talks have been held in New Delhi where niche next-gen technology like pump-jet propulsion has been discussed.

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