France’s Dassault Aviation keen in making Rafale jets in India

France based Dassault Aviation is planning to manufacture at least 100 Rafale fighter jets in India, and is most likely to make a new pitch to the Indian Government soon. However, if a smaller number is permitted then the company would not manufacture the whole of the Rafale aircraft in India but would focus on increasing the procurement of parts from the country. Currently, Dassault Aviation gets engine doors and canopy made in India.

At present, Dassault is in the middle of supplying 36 Rafale fighter jets ordered in 2016 by India. While, these 36 jets were procured under the emergency clause, the Indian Air Force is working on a tender for 114 new fighters, in which the company is one of the contenders.

Besides, Dassault Aviation may set up a hangar at its Nagpur facility in a joint collaboration with its Indian partner Reliance Defence. Noteworthy, Dassault Reliance Aerospace Ltd, through its Nagpur facility, is already making cockpits for Falcon business jets and wants to scale up its operations and eventually manufacture the complete Falcon 2000 in India.

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