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    Rafale deal: Nirmala Sitharaman contradicts herself yet again


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    Does she Know? Or she does not know?Nirmala Sitharaman has claimed that the criticism on ordering just 36 jets is misplaced because the remainder of the original 126 aircraft will be manufactured under a new ‘Make in India’ process


    On the day the Supreme Court was to announce its decision whether the Centre must reveal details of the Rafale deal and the comparative prices during the UPA and NDA rule, the Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman gave interviews to two media houses on the Rafale deal. The Supreme Court did ask the Centre to provide details of the decision-making process in deal in a sealed cover.

    In the interviews to both Economic Times and The Hindu, Sitharaman has claimed that the criticism on ordering just 36 jets is misplaced because the remainder of the original 126 aircraft will be manufactured locally under a new ‘Make in India’ process.

    “36 will come in flyaway condition. As for the rest, we have issued a ‘Request for Information’ [for 114 fighter jets]. We’ve got seven companies that have shown interest and are now talking to them. So, the competition has been widened. There’s nothing to support the conclusion that we’ve reduced our requirement,” pointed out Sitharaman.

    According to Sitharaman, as a result of this RFI for 114 jets, the companies will decide who they want to join hands with. “Under the strategic partnership, we have already come up with two deals — one for the Navy, one for the Air Force,” said Sitharaman.

    Interestingly, in September 2018 in an interview to Indian Express, Nirmala Sitharaman has said that the government chose to procure only 36 Rafale fighter aircraft from France in 2015, instead of the 126 being negotiated by the previous government, as infrastructure and other technical requirements of the Indian Air Force (IAF) do not allow for greater induction.

    https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/...self-yet-again



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