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Rafale & S-400 Are Booster Deals For Armed Forces: Air Chief Marshall B.S. Dhanoa

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| October 3 , 2018 , 14:26 IST

Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa on Wednesday said that the Rafale and S-400 defence system is a game changer and would boost the defence capabilities of the Indian Armed Forces.

While addressing the press conference he said, “We had reached an impasse. We had 3 options, first was either to wait for something to happen, withdraw RFP or do an emergency purchase. We did an emergency purchase. Both Rafale and S-400 deal is a booster deal for air force.”

He further added, “There has been delays in the delivery schedule in contracts already executed to HAL. There is a 3 yrs delay in delivery of Sukhoi-30, 6 years delay in Jaguar, 5 year delay in LCA, and 2 year delay in delivery of Mirage 2000 upgrade.”

He also said that the Government took a bold step & bought 36 Rafale aircraft. A high performance, high-tech aircraft has been to the given to the air force to offset the capability of the adversary.

India had signed the deal with France in September 2016 to procure of 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of around Rs 58,000 crore. The delivery of the aircraft is scheduled to begin from September 2019.

The Congress-led opposition parties raised several questions about the contract,like the price of the aircraft, the quantity of the jets bought as well as the decision to have Reliance Defence partner with Dassault Aviation instead of the public sector enterprise Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

The Central Government however, dismissed all claims and blamed the Congress Party for the delay in the purchase of these aircrafts.