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Aero India 2019: Indian Rafale deal comes under scrutiny

20th February 2019 - 12:00 GMT | by KP Sanjeev Kumar in Bangalore

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The Comptroller & Auditor General’s (CAG) report on capital acquisitions in the Indian Air Force (IAF) was tabled in parliament on 13 February. It examined 11 contracts signed from 2012-18, including the procurement of 36 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft through an inter-governmental agreement with France.

The French offer in 2007 under the previous Manmohan Singh government was 126 aircraft, of which 18 were in ‘flyaway’ condition and the remainder produced by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). However, the current government changed this in 2016 into a contract for 36 flyaway fighters.

The main bones of contention relate to warranty issues,

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KP Sanjeev Kumar is a former navy test pilot,  who blogs at www.kaypius.com. He has …

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