Rafale Deal: Dassault Aviation CEO Denies Cronyism In Awarding Offset Deal To Anil Ambani's Reliance Group

| November 13 , 2018 , 12:12 IST

Dassault Aviation Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Eric Trappier rebuffed the media reports which were claiming that the Dassault Aviation covering up for possible cronyism in awarding the offset deal to Anil Ambani led Reliance Group, media reported on Monday.

Trappier said that the money being invested in the Reliance Group is part of Joint Venture (JV).

“We are not putting the money in Reliance. The money is going into the JV (Dassault-Reliance). Engineers and workers from Dassault are taking the lead as far as the industrial part of the deal is concerned,” Trappier said in an interview to ANI.

“When we created the JV last year, the decision of creating a JV was part of our agreement in 2012, but we waited for the contract to be signed. We are supposed to put in this company together about 800 crores as 50:50. Shares in the JV are 49 percent for Dassault and 51 percent for Reliance,” he added.

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According to Trappier for the time being, to start the work and to pay workers and employees Dassault has already put 40 crores. But it will be increased to 800 crores, which implies 400 crores by Dassault in the five coming years.

Clarifying on the price per jet, Trappier also said, “Price of 36 was exactly the same when you compare with 18 flyaway. 36 is the double of 18. So as far as I was concerned, it should have been double the price. But because it was govt to govt, there was a negotiation, I had to decrease price by 9 percent.”

There were reports claiming that Rafale deal with France is expensive than it was at the time of UPA government.

At the time of UPA contract the price of a Rafale jet was Rs 526 crore per aircraft but in the NDA contract priced jumped to three times at Rs 1,670 crore per aircraft, alleged Congress President Rahul Gandhi.