February    2019

Government disproves Rafale charges

Thursday,08 Feb 2018 06:07 AM IST

Media Eye News Bureau: The Defence Ministry rebutted Rafale charges made by the opposition regarding the 2016 agreement between New Delhi and Paris to buy 36 fully built Rafale fighters and based them as ‘unfounded allegations’ and ‘misleading statements’ in a written statement.

The statement however did not offer details of how much India is paying for the same and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman declined to do so due to a confidentiality agreement signed with France and also stated that, “The approximate acquisition cost of the Rafale aircraft has already been provided to the Parliament. Provision of exact item-wise cost and other information will reveal, inter alia, details regarding the various customisations and weapons systems specially designed to augment the effectiveness and lethality of the assets, impact our military preparedness and compromise our national security.”

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