New Delhi: As per the India-France Joint Statement issued by the two countries during the Prime Minister’s visit to France, Government of India conveyed to the Government of France that in view of the critical operational necessity for Multirole Combat Aircraft for Indian Air Force (IAF), Government of India would like to acquire 36 Rafale jets in fly-away condition as quickly as possible. The two leaders agreed to conclude an Inter-Governmental Agreement for supply of the aircraft on terms that would be better than conveyed by Dassault Aviation as part of a separate process underway, the delivery would be in time-frame that would be compatible with the operational requirement of IAF; and that the aircraft and associated systems and weapons would be delivered on the same configuration as had been tested and approved by IAF, and with a longer maintenance responsibility by France.
An Inter-Governmental Agreement has been signed with Russian Federation for design, development, production etc. of a Prospective Multi Role Fighter Aircraft.
All aircraft that are developed or procured are tested for their operational performance, maintainability and safety features.
The modernization of the armed forces is undertaken in consonance with the roadmap laid down in the Long Term Integrated Perspective Plan (LTIPP), which specifies the desired capabilities that the armed forces need to acquire over a 15 year period giving due consideration to the current capabilities of the armed forces, the emerging threats in the region and the prevailing technological environment. The budgetary allocation that has been made towards modernization of the IAF has been fully utilized over the past five years.
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Dr. V. Maitreyan in Rajya Sabha today.
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