Acquisition of 36 Rafale aircraft by India

Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, 23 September 2016

The President of the French Republic hails the successful conclusion of the negotiations on the acquisition of 36 Rafale aircraft by India. In April 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced his intention to proceed with this acquisition under the framework of a partnership between governments, and in the context of the strategic relations forged between France and India since decades.

This agreement, signed today in New Delhi by the Minister of Defence, Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, marks the recognition, by a great military and strategic power, of the operational performance, technological quality and competitiveness of the French aerospace industry. It pursues a partnership in the military aeronautical sector that was initiated more than fifty years ago.

With the sale of 84 Rafale combat aircraft since 2015, the government has not only ensured compliance with the balances of the military planning law but also the maintenance and development of a very high technology industry that is vital for our sovereignty. It is the result of coherent work between public authorities and industry leaders, which is once again bearing fruit.

The President of the French Republic congratulates the GIE Rafale and MBDA teams, as well as those of the Ministry of Defence, military and civilian personnel, who have worked out this major project for our country and our industry.

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