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The first out of an expected Rafales was scheduled to enter service in The budget cuts prolonged the Rafale's development considerably. The French government did not proceed with a purchase of the twin-engine fighter. The prototype of the C model designated C01 completed its first flight on 19 Maysignalling the start of a test programme which primarily aimed to test the M engines, man-machine interface and weapons, and expand the flight envelope.
Although superficially identical to the technology demonstrator, it was smaller and more stealthy due to the gold-coated canopy, a re-design of the fuselage-fin joint, and the addition of radar-absorbent materials RAM. This aircraft also saw extensive application of composite and other materials, which both reduced the radar cross-section RCS and weight.
Moreover, Dassault opted to reject variable engine inlets and a dedicated air brakewhich lessens maintenance loads and saves weight. The aircraft was used for weapon-systems testing. Later it was tasked with validating weapon separation and, specifically, the carriage of heavy loads. While the Navy initially modernised the Crusaders, in the long term, the requirement was met with the navalised Rafale M.
The M01, the naval prototype, first flew on 12 Decemberfollowed by the second on 8 November The aircraft then carried out trials aboard the carrier Foch in April Therefore, in the Air Force switched its preferences towards the two-seater, announcing that the variant would constitute 60 percent of the Rafale fleet. Production only resumed in January after the Ministry of Defence and Dassault agreed on a aircraft 28 firm and 20 options production run with delivery between and For example, the flight control surfaces are fabricated in Haute-Savoiethe wings and avionics in Gironde, the centre fuselage in Val-d'Oiseand the engines in Essonne.
Altogether, the programme employs 7, workers. As of [update]the fabrication process of each fighter took 24 months, with an annual production rate of eleven aircraft. This figure takes in account improved hardware of the F3 standard, and which includes development costs over a period of 40 years, including inflation.
The standard will see the integration of the Meteor BVR missile, among other weapons and software updates. The standard is to be validated by India and France signed the inter-government agreement for buying 36 Rafale fighters, off the shelf, on 23 September,following long negotiations on the deal, agreed upon during Modi's visit to France in April There was no deal under the UPA government as Transfer of Technology remained the primary issue of concern between the two sides.
Moreover, Dassault Aviation was unwilling to take responsibility of quality control for the production of aircraft in India. While Dassault provisioned for three crore man-hours for production of the aircraft in India, HAL's estimate was nearly three times higher, escalating costs manifold, reports said. Procurement process A demand for additional fighter jets was put forward by IAF in The current IAF fleet, reportedly, largely consists of heavy and light-weight combat aircraft.
So, the Ministry of Defence considered bringing in intermediate medium-weight fighter jets. The actual process of procurement began only in Why a delay in finalising the deal?
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The deal included acquiring aircraft, 18 of them in fly-away condition and the rest to be made in India at the HAL Hindustan Aeronautics Limited facility under transfer of technology. However, after they won the contract inIndia and Dassault started the negotiations in The negotiations have stretched on for almost four years now.
Due to elections in both the countries and the subsequent change in governments in both the countries, negotiations were in a limbo.
Pricing was another issue. Even during the signing of the purchase agreement, both the sides couldn't reach a conclusion on the financial aspects. The Economic Times reported that the price of an aircraft was about Rs crore and India wanted them for at least 20 percent lesser cost. This was one of the questions posed by the Congress in Parliament on Tuesday.
On 4 July,Eurofighter Typhoon offered to reduce prices by 20 percent.
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Why did Modi and the defence minister not take notice of this subsisting offer? Who is responsible for 'loss to exchequer'? A cost breakdown of Rafale in the original bid under UPA and in the 36 aircraft in the government-to-government deal under NDA are not in the public domain.